Chief, Police Department
Colleen Wilson joined the Police Department in August of 2007. Her thirty-five year law enforcement career includes working her way up through the ranks of the Monroe Police Department, where (in 1993) she became the first female police chief in the state of Washington. In addition, she has been the peace officer certification manager for the State of Washington, implementing a statute requiring licensing of peace officers. Chief Wilson also served as the chief of the Sumner Police Department.
Chief Wilson is a 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 well recognized police trainer and considered a law enforcement expert in interpersonal violence. Wilson has led state-wide efforts in coordinated, multi-disciplinary response to victims and co-authored two model policies, most recently relating to officer involved domestic violence.
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, especially in the areas of response to victims and ethical practices for 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 prestigious FBI National Academy and its Executive Leadership Program.