Lakewood chooses interim police chief

When Lakewood’s police chief retires next month, Assistant Chief Mike Zaro will step in as interim chief while the city searches for someone to fill the position permanently.

City Manager John Caulfield made the announcement Friday, saying Zaro “is the ideal person to lead the police department during the upcoming transition.”

“My level of confidence in AC (Assistant Chief) Zaro is second to none,” Caulfield said.

Zaro, 45, has been assistant police chief since 2008 and joined the Lakewood department when it formed in 2004. Before that, he’d worked for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department since 1994.

Police Chief Bret Farrar announced earlier this week that he will retire April 17 after six years as the city’s top cop.

The city will begin its search for a new chief in the next few weeks. Officials said it’s too soon to know what the search will entail or when a new chief might be selected.

“I’d definitely be interested and honored if they chose to select me,” Zaro said, adding that he’ll respect any process the city chooses in its selection. “I’m just here to do the job and do what’s best for the department.”

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