Snoqualmie Police Chief Perry Phipps resigns

Phipps’ last day is July 3. He is the latest high-ranking city official to leave in recent months

The City of Snoqualmie announced Tuesday that Police Chief Perry Phipps has resigned and will leave the city next week. He is the latest high-ranking official to leave in recent months.

Phipps has served as chief since 2017. His last day with the department is Monday, July 3.

“I will always cherish my time in this beautiful community,” Phipps said in a statement. “[I] will truly miss the amazing people that work at the police department.”

Phipps began his law enforcement in Visalia, about an hours drive from Fresno, Calif., in 1986. He left in 2016 after being hired as Snoqualmie’s chief. His post-Snoqualmie plans were not disclosed.

His time in Snoqualmie has been marked by several progressive improvements for the department. He was instrumental in hiring Stephanie Butler, the department’s first behavioral and mental health specialist, the city said. He also made an unsuccessful push to introduce body-worn cameras for city officers.

In a press release, Snoqualmie Mayor Katherine Ross thanked Phipps for his work. She expects to appoint Snoqualmie Captain Brian Lynch as interim-chief.

With Phipps departure, the city’s police chief, fire chief and city administrator are all filled on an interim basis. Longtime Fire Chief Mark Correira announced his resignation last month, after taking a job in California. City Administrator Mike Sauerwein was fired “without cause,” in May.