Patrol Divisions within the Port of Seattle Police Department's Operations Bureau are led by two distinguished deputy chiefs. The port police patrol officers of the operations bureau are the primary first responders for all reported crimes and incidents within the port's jurisdiction.
Interim Chief Rod Covey
Rod Covey joined the Port of Seattle Police Department as Deputy Chief in April 2009 after serving 32 years with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS). During that time, he held assignments in the Highway Patrol and the Narcotics Division as both an officer and a sergeant.
As a command-level officer, he spent time as a Highway Patrol District Commander, the Commander of the Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy, the Chief of Staff for the Director of Public Safety, the Government Liaison, the Chief of the Highway Patrol, the Assistant Director of Operations and the Assistant Director overseeing the Agency Support Division. In this last assignment, he oversaw the bureaus of Human Resources, Training, Logistics, Management Services, Facilities Management, Financial Services, and the units of Internal Affairs, Safety, and Research and Planning. He later served as the Executive Director of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) and the Director of the AZ Regional Community Policing Organization.
He finished his time in Arizona as Director of the Center for Leadership Excellence at AZ POST. Rod has an AA Degree in Criminal Justice from Central Arizona College, a Bachelors Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix, and a Masters Degree from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Educational Leadership, where he also became a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He is a graduate of the 157th Session of the FBI National Academy and Arizona State University’s Institute for Public Executives. In July 2012, he attended the 52nd Session of the Senior Management Institute for Policing (SMIP) at Boston University.
Deputy Chief Mark Thomas
Mark Thomas joined the Port of Seattle Police Department in September of 2013 after serving two years as the Chief of the Medina, WA Police Department. Mark previously spent 26 years with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) including nine years as a Division and District Commander. Mark’s assignments included five years as the Homeland Security Division Commander and more than four years as a District Commander overseeing WSP field operations in seven counties.
Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies/Homeland Defense and Security from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.