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Puyallup resident picked to lead King County city’s police department

Puyallup resident Bruce Linton is the new Tukwila Police Department’s Chief of Police, city officials announced Monday morning.
Puyallup resident Bruce Linton is the new Tukwila Police Department’s Chief of Police, city officials announced Monday morning. Courtesy

Puyallup resident Bruce Linton is the new Tukwila Police Department’s Chief of Police, city officials announced Monday morning.

Linton, in his 24th year with the department, will need to be confirmed at the Tukwila City Council’s meeting on Oct. 16, the day after current chief Mike Villa’s last day. Villa recently accepted a position with the Port of Seattle.

“We are fortunate to have such a deep bench in the Tukwila Police Department, and Bruce will be an outstanding chief,” said Mayor Allan Ekberg. “He has served this community for more than 23 years and is a dedicated public servant. Bruce’s commitment to community policing and increasing engagement between police officers and the community make him the perfect fit for this important position.”

Linton has served Tukwila’s deputy police chief since 2012. He is also a commanding general with the Washington Army National Guard and has 35 years of military experience starting with six years as an enlisted soldier serving in South Korea.

“I am honored to be appointed by the mayor to serve as the next police chief of this great city,” Linton said. “I love Tukwila and am proud of the great men and women who make up the Tukwila Police Department. I am committed to continuing to build trust between our officers and community and pledge to be a chief that is very active and highly visible throughout Tukwila.”

Linton lives in Puyallup with his wife and two teenage daughters.

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