The News Tribune has this announcement today.
Here is the official press release:
"Mayor Michael Transue has appointed Sharon Reese as the Interim Chief for the Ruston Police Department, effective March 10, 2008.
“I am pleased that someone with Sharon’s extensive background and many talents has stepped forward during this important time, Mayor Transue said.” “I am confident that the members of the department and community will embrace her approach to problem solving and policing.”
Chief Reese, 54, has a long and distinguished career in law enforcement and as a public servant. It began in 1974, with the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office as a Dispatcher, as a deputy sheriff in both Snohomish and Pierce Counties, a stint in private sector security, and as a special agent with the Washington State Gambling Commission. Her management experience includes serving as the deputy director at both the Gambling Commission and the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC), where she oversaw the training programs for law enforcement professionals.
She has earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from St. Martin's College and is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Executive Development Program at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. Chief Reese is a graduate of the University of Washington Executive Management Program and achieved her Executive Career Level Certification from the CJTC. She is a member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
While she transitions from other responsibilities, the department will continue to be led by Acting Chief Kunkel."