Mike Villa, Interim Chief
Mike Villa joined the Port of Seattle Police Department in October 2017 after serving 27 years with the Tukwila Police Department. During his career he served as a patrol officer, community oriented policing bicycle officer, narcotics detective, SWAT member, sergeant and in various command positions. As a Commander, he led the Investigative Services Division, Training, the Valley Regional SWAT team, and the Patrol Division. He was appointed as an Assistant Chief of the Tukwila Police Department in 2007. In 2011 he was sworn in as the Tukwila Chief of Police and served in that capacity for six years until coming to the Port of Seattle Police Department. Prior to his law enforcement career he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and served for six years. In 1991, he was deployed to Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm.
He has instructed SWAT command and supervision, represented the region on less lethal issues, and has worked with the National Institute of Justice on its Tactical Technical Working Group. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and the Senior Management Institute for Policing at Boston University. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Washington University.
Mark Thomas, Deputy Chief
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.