PRESS RELEASE: Redmond Appoints New Police Chief and Human Resources Director

Press Release

Redmond Appoints New Police Chief and Human Resources Director

September 4, 2019

Lisa Maher
Communications & Marketing Manager

Redmond, WA – At last night’s meeting, Redmond City Council approved Mayor John Marchione’s appointment of Darrell Lowe as the City’s new Chief of Police and Cathryn Laird as the new Human Resources Director.

“Both Darrell and Cathryn bring great knowledge, leadership skills and professional expertise to their new roles at the City of Redmond,” states Mayor John Marchione. “Darrell’s years of experience at the City of Santa Monica provide us a valuable asset as we manage a changing city. Cathryn has a proven track record at the City and I’m confident she will continue to be successful as the new Human Resources Director.”

Darrell is a 27-year veteran of the Santa Monica Police Department with experience as Division Commander, Executive Officer, and Captain. Darrell has a master’s degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University Long Beach, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University Northridge. He has designed training courses that are now the state standard for California, he is a contributing author of Department of Justice guidebooks, and he is an adjunct professor at two California colleges.

“I am humbled and honored to join the fine women and men of the Redmond Police Department as their Chief,” said Darrell Lowe. “I am also excited to join the City’s collaborative executive team as we continue to provide exceptional service to the citizens of Redmond.”

Cathryn has over 20 years of Human Resources management experience. Her experience includes three and a half years with the City of Redmond, most recently as Deputy Human Resources Director, and Acting Human Resources Director since February 2019. Cathryn has a Communications degree from Western Washington University, with a minor in Business Administration. She has her Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Society of Human Resources Management.

“I am honored and excited to be appointed as the City of Redmond’s Human Resources Director,” said Cathryn Laird. “I look forward to supporting our dedicated HR team and continuing to invest in the City of Redmond staff.”

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



Darrell Lowe
Photo Courtesy of City of Redmond

Chief Darrell Lowe


Cathryn Laird
Photo Courtesy of City of Redmond

Cathryn Laird - Human Resources Director