Submitted by City of Tumwater
Mayor Pete Kmet is pleased to announce the promotion of Acting Police Chief Jon Weiks to the position of Tumwater Police Chief. Jon Weiks began working with the City of Tumwater as a Reserve Police Officer in 1987 and was hired as a full-time officer the following year. He has served in progressively responsible positions within the Tumwater Police Department since that time. Following the January 2017 retirement of Police Chief John Stines, Jon became the Acting Police Chief.
In making the appointment, Mayor Kmet said, “Jon Weiks has served his entire career focused on making Tumwater safer and making the Police Department highly professional. He knows our community and has the technical skills and management experience to lead the department as a trusted guardian of our community.”
During his career, Jon has served in nearly every position in the Department. He has been a DARE Officer, Admin./Training Officer, Detective, Metro Traffic Officer, Crime Prevention/Community Liaison, Background Investigator, Department Review Board Member, and Major Collision Investigator. He was a Collision Investigation Instructor at the State Criminal Justice Training Commission. He twice commanded the Thurston County Reserve Police Officer Academy. And has twice been the Department’s Officer of the Year. Jon was promoted to Police Commander in 2008.
Jon is a Tumwater native and graduate of Tumwater High School. He spent many hours working at his family grocery stores, Mega Foods and Frontier Foods. Of the opportunity, Weiks said, “It is an honor to be able to lead the men and women of the Tumwater Police Department. I’m committed to the Tumwater community and engaging with the other parts of the City, our partners, and the people of Tumwater to make it a safe place to live, work, and visit.”
The Tumwater Police Department has 33 commissioned officers and provides the full range of law enforcement services, including patrol, evidence processing, prisoner transport, and code enforcement. In partnership with the Tumwater School District, the Department manages a nationally-recognized School Resource Officer Program. The Department participates with other City departments in an innovative multi-disciplinary approach to pedestrian and vehicular safety issues, called Traffic Team.
An employment agreement will be presented to the City Council at their meeting on May 2 meeting.