Jason Houck named Newcastle Police Chief
Posted on 06/25/2018

City Manager Rob Wyman is pleased to announce his selection of Jason Houck as the next Newcastle police chief. Houck has 18 years of experience with the King County Sheriff’s Office, where he has served in every precinct and held a series of wide-ranging roles in patrol, detective, air support and specialty units. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2015 and currently serves as a Sound Transit patrol sergeant.

“Jason Houck is a great match for the City of Newcastle. He has the knowledge, skills, experience and professionalism to lead a Newcastle Police Department that is committed to community policing, problem solving and providing exceptional service. He came highly recommended by his King County Sheriff’s Office colleagues who praised his passion, work ethic and leadership. I know he’s excited to take on this role and join this special community, and we’re pleased to welcome him,” City Manager Wyman said.

Houck joined the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) in 2000 and started out as a patrol officer in the City of Sammamish. Over his 18-year career, he also spent time on patrol in Shoreline, Burien and unincorporated King County, and has served as a detective, where he investigated various property crimes. Starting in 2008, Houck served as a pilot in the KCSO’s Air Support Unit for about five years. He still serves as a member of the helicopter search and rescue team.
Jason Houck
After Houck was promoted in 2015, he served as a sergeant in the Court Protection Unit at the King County Courthouse for a year. He was then assigned to the KCSO’s Internal Investigations Unit, where he was responsible for investigating deputies accused of wrongdoing and committing policy violations. He started his current position as a Sound Transit patrol sergeant in March 2018. Houck also has experience filling in as the KCSO’s media relations officer responsible for providing regular press briefings in written form, on camera or on the radio.

“I love the close-knit, small-town atmosphere here in Newcastle and I’m looking forward to serving this community and doing the best job that I can. Public safety is a team sport and I’m eager to work with everybody — city staff, officers and citizens — to keep this community safe,” Houck said.

Houck lives in Issaquah with his wife and their 11-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son. He replaces outgoing Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine, who is set to retire at the end of June after 30-years with the King County Sheriff’s Office, 12 of them as Newcastle’s police chief. Houck will join the city in July.

The City of Newcastle contracts with the King County Sheriff’s Office for police services. The partnership allows contract cities to have complete control over policing priorities, department staffing and the selection process for their police chiefs. Partner cities also have the benefit of constant access to officer backup from nearby contract cities or KCSO patrol deputies, and use of specialized KCSO units, such as the air support helicopter or SWAT unit.

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