Chief of Police - Bob Lee
Chief Bob Lee began his law enforcement career in 1981 with the Auburn Police Department. He spent over six years in Patrol and more than two years as an Investigator before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1990. As a Sergeant, Bob was in the Patrol Division for two years,spent two years as the Special Investigations Unit Sergeant and two years as the Sergeant for the South King County Narcotics Task Force where he supervised a regional team of four narcotics detectives and a King County Prosecutor. In 1996, Bob was promoted to the rank of Commander and was assigned to the Patrol, Investigations and Administrative Divisions. During his last two years as a Commander, he was concurrently assigned as the Commander for the Valley SWAT Team. In 2002 he was promoted to Assistant Chief and on October 1, 2010 became Chief of Police.
Bob earned his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, and is a graduate of both the FBI National Academy and Leadership Institute of South King County. He is a member of the Auburn Rotary, the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs and the FBI National Academy Associate (Washington Chapter).
Assistant Chief of Police - Bill Pierson
Assistant Chief Pierson was hired with the City of Auburn in 1990 and was assigned to the Patrol Division where he was awarded the Medal of Distinction while in field training. In 1993, Assistant Chief Pierson became the Auburn Police Department's first Community Policing Bicycle Officer. In 1994, he was appointed as a Narcotic Detective and served on the SWAT Team as a Marksman for 5 years. In 1997, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he supervised a patrol shift and the Field Training Unit. In 1998, he became a certified Firearms Instructor and later, in 2002, took over as Range Master for firearms training. Pierson was then assigned as the Special Investigations Sergeant where he supervised narcotic investigations and proactive detectives investigating vice crimes. He was also head of the Inspectional Services Unit where he obtained state and federal grants and investigated Internal Affairs issues.
Pierson was promoted to the rank of Commander in 2005 and was assigned to the Patrol Division where he managed seven sergeants, the Field Training Unit, defensive tactics and firearms training. He was then re-assigned to the Support Services Division where he managed the Training Unit, Community Response Team, DARE and Accreditation. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Public Policy, Law and Social Control from Washington State University and is member of the Auburn Kiwanis, a 2005 graduate of the Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound, Graduate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organization and a graduate of the FBI National Academy in 2012.