PRESS RELEASE: Redmond Police Chief Kristi Wilson Retiring

Press Release

Redmond Police Chief Kristi Wilson Retiring

April 12, 2019

Lisa Maher, Communications & Marketing Manager

Redmond, WA – On June 7, 2019, Police Chief Kristi Wilson will retire after thirty-two years of public service. Chief Wilson has spent the last twenty-six years with the Redmond Police Department (RPD) and was appointed as the Chief in 2016, and most recently has also been serving as the Interim Public Works Director.

“I am honored to have served the Redmond community for the last twenty-six years and am proud to have been a part of such a progressive and innovative Police Department,” stated Chief Kristi Wilson. “I will carry the personal connections I have made within the department, community, and the region with me as I begin this next chapter in my life.”

Chief Wilson began her law enforcement career at the Anacortes Police Department and transferred to Redmond as an officer in 1993. Wilson has a BA in Sociology from Central Washington University, a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and is a 2012 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy (FBINA).

“Kristi’s legacy is the strong personal connection that the Redmond Police Department has fostered with community members and groups under her leadership,” stated Mayor John Marchione. “Her recent award from the Muslim Community and Neighborhood Association for her work in strengthening the relationship between RPD and Redmond’s Muslim and immigrant neighbors is representative of her commitment and loyalty to the entire Redmond community.”

The national recruitment process for the new Redmond Police Chief will begin in May. During this time, Chief Tommy Smith will serve as the Public Safety Director overseeing both the Police and Fire Departments. Deputy Fire Chief Don Horton will step in as the interim Fire Chief and City of Redmond Chief Operating Officer Maxine Whattam will support the Redmond Public Works Department while the recruitment process for that Director comes to a close.  

For questions, please contact Lisa Maher, Communications & Marketing Manager, at or 425-556-2427. This press release is available on


Photographed left to right:
Police Chief Kristi Wilson, Fire Chief Tommy Smith, Deputy Fire Chief Don Horton
Photos courtesy of the City of Redmond. 

Chief Kristi, Tommy and Don Horton