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Colleen Wilson

Chief, Police Department​


Veteran law enforcement leader

Colleen is one of the most experienced law enforcement executives in the northwest, having led three different police departments during her 22 years as a police chief. Her 40-year public safety career includes nine years as Chief of Police in Monroe, five years as Chief for the City of Sumner, and her last nine years leading the Port of Seattle Police Department. In that role she has responsibility for policing the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and its surrounding properties as well as 27 miles of the Seattle waterfront with a staff of 100 commissioned officers.

Public safety trailblazer

Colleen became the first female police chief in the state of Washington, the first female president of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) and chair of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. Appointed by three governors and a Supreme Court Justice as the law enforcement representative to various task forces, Colleen has helped make legislative and policy changes for Washington State, most recently in the area of ethical responses by police officers. A law enforcement expert in violence against women, she currently also serves on the Washington State Legislative Task Force Against the Trafficking of Persons.

Skilled in transforming organizations and changing culture

As a Police Chief, Colleen twice took the reins of organizations in chaos. In each case, within a year, grievances abated and citizen complaints turned to praise. At the Port of Seattle, the police department is in its third year of no sustained complaints against officers. All the organizations led by Wilson have excelled in customer service, as evidenced by the Port of Seattle Police Department in 2015 when over 91 percent of customer satisfaction surveys rated the service provided by police officers as good or excellent.


Protecting some of the State’s most significant infrastructure and supply chain is a varied and critical public safety task. Working closely with business and federal partners; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Air Marshals, Customs and Border Protection and the United States Coast Guard, Chief Wilson has been recognized twice for public safety partnership by chambers of commerce and most recently by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA).


Gonzaga University
University of Southern California's Delinquency Control Institute
University of Washington's Cascade Program for Executive Excellence
FBI National Academy, Session #172
FBI Executive Leadership Program