Fife police chief takes top job at South Sound 911

The chief of the Fife Police Department is moving to a top job at Pierce County’s regional dispatch agency.

Fife Police Chief Mark Mears has accepted a position as deputy director for South Sound 911, according to a city news release. He will start the new job in late fall.

“Leading the Fife Police Department has been a highlight of my long career in law enforcement,” Mears said in the release. “While I will miss the department and staff greatly, I am excited to take this next step toward my professional goals.”

Mears took over as chief last summer after the resignation of eight-year Fife Police Chief Brad Blackburn.

Fife City Manager Subir Mukerjee said he will soon begin the work of replacing Mears, first on an interim basis followed by a permanent hire.

“Mark is an outstanding asset to Fife and our police department,” Mukerjee said. “His dedication and leadership have been integral in changing the department for the better. We will miss him greatly, but happy that he will be continuing to serve Pierce County through South Sound 911.”

Mears started working for Fife in 2006 as assistant police chief.