City, Sheriff's Office Honor Retiring Police Chief Melinda Irvine
Posted on 06/28/2018

Today, the City of Newcastle and the King County Sheriff's Office honored Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine before she officially retires at the end of the week. 

At the celebration, King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht praised Chief Irvine and awarded her a special challenge coin (as shown in the video below). City Manager Rob Wyman thanked the chief for her years of service and dedication to this community, before giving her an engraved plaque.

Chief Irvine spent the last 12 years of her 30-year KCSO career right here in Newcastle, where as the chief, she fostered a department culture that produces officers who are committed to community policing, problem solving and providing exceptional service. 

“The time has flown by,” Irvine said. “I really appreciate the wonderful people I have met throughout the city, whether it was during a one-on-one contact or large events like National Night Out and Police Day in the Park. I will truly miss the dedicated and caring officers, city employees and citizens of Newcastle.”

Irvine leaves behind a lasting impact that includes the city’s relatively low crime rate and her recent efforts to facilitate the department’s expansion to better protect Newcastle’s growing community, City Manager Rob Wyman said. 

“Chief Irvine’s leadership and tireless commitment to keeping the Newcastle community safe and secure will be sorely missed,” Wyman said. 

Read: Chief Irvine reflects on her 30-year career ahead of retirement
Photos: Chief Irvine's retirement celebration

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