Snoqualmie Police Department appoints new captain

Gary Horejsi, previously a sergeant with the Enumclaw Police Department, brings nearly 20 years of experience to the postiion.

On March 25, Gary Horejsi was sworn in as captain of the Snoqualmie Police Department.

Cpt. Horejsi, who started his policing career in Texas in 2006, moved to the Enumclaw Police Department in 2011. Seven years later, in 2018, he was promoted to sergeant.

In his 13 years working for the Enumclaw Police Department, Horesji took on several instructor positions and served on the multi-agency Coalition of Small Police Agencies’ Major Crimes Task Force — currently led by Snoqualmie Police Chief Brian Lynch.

“He was my number one choice from the beginning, and I feel honored that he’s taken this position with our department to serve both of our communities,” said Chief Lynch during an April 2 North Bend City Council meeting. “Most of my time working with him has been on the major crimes task force, where he quickly became my go-to guy on that squad of guys. He’s someone I look up to and I trust.”

The position was left open following Lynch’s promotion to his current role in November 2023.

“It’s not uncommon, especially in smaller police agencies with fewer captain positions available for career advancement,” wrote Lynch when asked about Horejsi’s move to and promotion within the Snoqualmie Police Department. “If Snoqualmie Police Department sergeants were interested, they were afforded the opportunity to apply for the captain position.”

Horejsi met all requirements of the job description, and was offered the position following the department’s hiring process, which included submitting a resume, extensive interviews, a complete background check and a psychological exam, according to Lynch.

In his new position, Horejsi will primarily be tasked with managing staff, wrote Lynch.

“I just want to say thank you to Snoqualmie and North Bend and my former cities that wouldn’t be possible to do this without,” Horejsi said during the city council meeting. “It’s not an easy task to be moving up. There are a lot of changes throughout state law that make our jobs a little more difficult, not to mention the safety. I look forward to working with both cities.”