Pierce County Sheriff Pastor picks new undersheriff, jail chief

Staff writerMarch 10, 2014 

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor has promoted Chief Rob Masko to undersheriff and hired Oregon corrections official Karen Daniels as chief for the Pierce County Jail.

Pastor also promoted Capt. Brent Bomkamp, of criminal investigation division, to Masko’s position as chief of administrative services.

The appointments are effective Monday, said Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer.

The changes are in response to the retirement of former Undersheriff Eileen Bisson at the end of February. The undersheriff is the No. 2 ranking leader in the Sheriff’s Department, supervising internal operations.

Bisson, 52, also had been serving as jail chief for the previous 10 months. The jail has continued to face a deficit since the City of Tacoma moved its misdemeanor bookings to Fife’s jail in January 2013.

Daniels recently retired from being the assistant director of facility services for the Oregon Youth Authority, the state’s juvenile corrections operation. She previously worked for the Washington State Department of Corrections and the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. She was the chief deputy of the Thurston County Sheriff's Office Correction Bureau for more than 16 years. Her Pierce County salary will be $131,220.

Masko is a past chief of the Lakewood and University Place police departments, a former Pierce County Sheriff corrections chief, and has headed the internal affairs and criminal investigations division of the sheriff's department. He's recently been co-chairing South Sound 911, and overseeing the development of the new Spanaway sheriff's station. As the undersheriff, his salary will be $141,930.

Bomkamp was recently the captain commanding the criminal investigations division. He served 13 years as a rescue diver. When four Lakewood police officers were shot and killed in 2009, Bomkamp commanded the criminal investigations division part of the case. He will make $135,110 as the head of administrative services.

After Maurice Clemmons fatally shot Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Gregory Richards and Ronald Owens at a Parkland coffee shop, he was killed by a Seattle officer during a subsequent manhunt.

Daniels, Masko and Bomkamp all graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations Academy.

Staff writer Alexis Krell contributed to this report.

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