Chief, Police Department
Colleen Wilson has been the Chief of the Port of Seattle Police Department since August 2007. Her thirty five year law enforcement career also includes nine years as Chief in Monroe, where, in 1993, she became the first female police chief in the state of Washington. Wilson was the Certification Manager for the State of Washington implementing the new statute requiring licensing of Peace Officers and the Chief of Police for the City of Sumner before coming to the Port of Seattle.
Chief Wilson is the past president of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) and former chair of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. She is a recognized trainer and considered a law enforcement expert in interpersonal violence. Wilson has led efforts in coordinated, multi-disciplinary response to victims and co-authored two state-wide model policies.
Appointed by three governors and a Supreme Court justice as the law enforcement representative to various task forces, Wilson has helped make legislative and policy change for Washington State, most recently in the areas of ethical response by police officers. Wilson attended Gonzaga University, University of Southern California's Delinquency Control Institute and University of Washington's Cascade Program for Executive Excellence as well as the FBI National Academy.