Longtime Fife cop named interim chief

Fife residents have a longtime member of the Police Department filling in as their interim police chief.

Assistant chief David Woods has been appointed to run the department while a search for a permanent chief continues.

“Interim Chief Woods has been with the city for 27 years and perfectly complements the great strides the department has made, making him a natural choice to lead the department through this transition,” Fife City Manager Subir Mukerjee, who made the appointment, said in a statement released Thursday.

Woods was promoted to assistant chief in 2014 after working his way through the department ranks, starting as a patrol officer.

His promotion continues a revolving door of Fife police leadership over the last 16 months. Chief Brad Blackburn stepped down in July 2014 after eight years on the job and was replaced by assistant chief Mark Mears, first on an interim and then on a permanent basis. Woods then took over Mears’ job as assistant chief.

Mears resigned from the chief’s post in September 2015 to become deputy director for South Sound 911, the regional dispatch agency.

The search for a permanent police chief is being conducted by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.