News Flash

News Flash/Press Releases

Posted on: November 12, 2019

Community invited to meet Police Chief finalists


The Bainbridge Island community is invited to meet three finalists for the Police Chief position at a reception Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall.

The finalists are:

  • Joseph (Joe) Clark has more than 33 years of law enforcement experience and has served in various positions with the Norfolk Police Department in Norfolk, Virginia since 1986. He currently serves as Deputy Chief, a position he has held since 2017. Joe holds a master’s degree in education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and a bachelor's degree in criminology from Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

  • Carl Nielsen has more than 34 years of law enforcement experience and currently serves as Police Chief for the City of Centralia, Washington, a position he has held since 2015. He previously served as Captain and Lieutenant for the Turlock Police Department in Turlock, California from 2007 to 2015. Carl holds a master’s degree in emergency services administration and a bachelor’s degree in emergency services administration/vocational studies from California State University Long Beach in Long Beach, California. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

  • David (Dave) Westrick has more than 28 years of law enforcement experience and has served in various positions with the Hollister Police Department in Hollister, California since 2003. He is currently Police Chief, a position he has held since 2013. Dave holds a bachelor's degree in public safety management from Union I&U in Sacramento, California, and he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

“I’m excited to have such a strong slate of finalists for the City to consider as our next Police Chief,” said City Manager Morgan Smith. “This is a critical position within the organization, and it’s important that we select a Chief who can continue to build on the positive connections that exist between our community and its Police Department.”

Smith is seeking a Police Chief with demonstrated leadership experience and a high degree of professionalism. The department is committed to extensive training for officers and maintaining the high standard set by the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs (WASPC) accreditation. In addition, the upcoming transition to the new Police-Court facility will be a complex and important project, and the next Police Chief will have a critical role in the project’s success.

The City worked with Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to lead the nationwide search and review the applications of 35 applicants for the position. SGR specializes in public sector executive recruitment. The City seeks to have the hiring process completed by the end of the year.

Media Contact
Kristen Drew, Communications Coordinator
206.780.3741 (office)
206.786.2342 (cell)

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News Flash/Press Releases


Interim Police Chief submits resignation

Posted on: November 18, 2019

City receives Aaa credit rating

Posted on: November 13, 2019

City launches search for Police Chief

Posted on: August 19, 2019

Road repair work to begin next week

Posted on: August 16, 2019
Paint Night Graphic

City cautions against paint pranks

Posted on: June 11, 2019

City hires new Finance Director

Posted on: April 30, 2019
Sewer Response

City Responds to Sewer Main Break

Posted on: December 21, 2018
Miller Road Tree

Widespread Power Outages Due to High Winds

Posted on: December 20, 2018

New Tree Regulations to Begin December 3

Posted on: November 13, 2018

BIPD Investigating Allegation of Assault

Posted on: October 18, 2018


Posted on: April 2, 2018