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Incoming Monroe Police Chief Jeff Jolley (center, in suit) poses shortly after his appointment among some of his new uniformed police officers and commanders.


Monroe selects a permanent police chief, Jeff Jolley


MONROE — The city has a new police chief.
Officers and city officials warmly welcomed Chief Jeff Jolley to town after his appointment at the Nov. 13 City Council meeting.
He’ll start Monday, Dec. 3.
Jolley comes from the Gladstone, Oregon police department where he served as chief for the past two-and-a-half years. He began with the Gladstone Police Department in 2012 after rising to the rank of Sergeant during two decades with the Bountiful, Utah police department.
“This area, East Snohomish County, is an area my wife and I always thought we’d end up in, but we thought it’d be five or 10 years down the road. Then the opportunity came up and I gave it my best shot. I’m incredibly fortunate to be associated with the quality of people here, and very excited,” Jolley said in an interview after the appointment.
Managing Monroe’s police force is a step up for Jolley, who managed an 18 person staff in Gladstone, a city of about 12,000 residents. He’ll manage a staff of 43 in Monroe, including 25 police officers, seven  sergeants, the deputy chief and 10 administrative personnel.
The new chief will earn $141,480 a year in salary plus benefits.
Mayor Geoffrey Thomas was pleased the city could hire someone with previous experience as a chief, he said. “He brings a great blend of experience and education; he is well spoken and professional; he will do well as a new leader for our Police Department.  I look forward to working with him on the many issues our community faces,” Thomas said in an email.
The new chief arrives with a specialized education in addition to his experience.  “He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBI Command College, and West Point Law Enforcement Leadership Program,” according to the city.
Jolley replaces Tim Quenzer, who retired May 1 after 16 years as chief. The city initially identified Jolley as one of two lead candidates out of a dozen. The way opened for Jolley when the other candidate withdrew. Interim Chief Larry Dickerson was contracted through The Prothman Co., a personnel company that helped
advertise the chief appointment.

 

  

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