BRENTWOOD — Retiring Brentwood Police Chief Mark Evenson was honored by residents, colleagues and city officials this week for a decade of superior public safety, innovation and leadership that he brought to his position.
In 1985, Evenson started his law enforcement career of more than three decades as a police officer in Seattle and he also served as a captain there before coming to Brentwood in 2006. He is now returning to Washington for retirement with his wife, Debbie.
“This gentleman has really changed Brentwood,” Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor said. “He has made the city safer. He has had a huge impact for 10 years on this city.”
Among Evenson’s accomplishments as the leader of Brentwood’s police force are initiating a license plate reader program, creating a state-of-the-art dispatch center and working cooperatively with some of the most active Neighborhood Watch groups. At a recent Brentwood City Council meeting, Evenson was sent off with well wishes and appreciation from various Neighborhood Watch leaders and the Brentwood Neighborhood Committee.
“When we had concerns, you were always caring and responsive,” said Linda Nakaji of the Shadow Lakes Neighborhood Watch.
Evenson’s tenure in Brentwood was also known for its transparency in crime reporting through his thorough annual presentation of crime statistics and trends at council meetings. Even when crime spikes were reported, Evenson was proactive in maintaining vigilance within his department through various crime-solving strategies.
“You should feel good going out and leaving one hell of a legacy,” Taylor said.
Evenson was surrounded by a large group of his employees as he addressed the…
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