It’s official: Wendy Davis, a 16-year Bremerton police
officer, is headed north to take the reins of Poulsbo Police’s
deputy chief position.
Davis, 44, has been a sergeant in Bremerton nine years and is
currently the head of the police officer’s union. She’ll fill a
position that’s been vacant since the beginning of this year, after
took a voluntary separation agreement during city
“It’s a great opportunity,” Davis said. “I’m looking forward to
Poulsbo Police Chief Dennis Swiney said Davis will have a lot of
projects in the new role, most notably running the day to day
operations of the department, which consists of 16 commissioned
officers. The months-long hiring process was competitive, he added;
about 40 cops applied.
“She brings a lot of experience and local exposure, and is very
professional,” Swiney said. “I think she’ll be a good fit to move
the Poulsbo Police Department forward.”
The position pays $87,811.
Davis will conclude her time in Bremerton later this month. She
starts in Poulsbo Nov. 2. She’ll be sworn in the same night at the
Poulsbo city council meeting, Swiney said.
Davis, who graduated from high school in Brookings, Ore., went
into the Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in
California. Her first husband, Ron Davis, was also in the corps and
then into law enforcement. He was ultimately killed in the line of
duty, responding to a domestic violence call.
She herself got into law enforcement after moving to Kitsap
County, become a Bremerton reserve officer in 1992. She was hired
full time in 1995. At the department, she met her husband-to-be,
Mark Thompson, who is still a sergeant there.
This year, Davis has been in the spotlight as head of the police
officer’s union during the surfacing of
controversial incidents involving police officers with an
explorer. She also serves on the Kitsap
County Fair board. As the photo indicates, she’s won a Healthy Tomorrow
award for her involvement in the community.
There’ll be a lot to learn in her new job but she said she’s
ready for it.
“It’s going to be a transition,” she said, “But it’ll
be a good change.”
FOLLOWUP: Here’s the letter Poulsbo Police Chief Dennis Swiney
sent out Tuesday morning pertaining to Davis’ hiring:
Poulsbo Police Hire Wendy Davis
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