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Leadership Team

Chief of Police - Bob Lee

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

Bill PiersonAssistant 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.


Commander Mike Hirman

Mike HirmanCommander Hirman came to the Auburn Police Department in 1992 after serving with the US Army CID Command. Mike was a patrol officer and a detective for five years and then in 1997 was promoted to Sergeant. He was assigned to patrol and then as the Major Crimes Sergeant until 1999 when he was promoted to the rank of Commander. Mike was a Patrol Commander for two rotations: 1999-2002 and again from 2009-2011. He also served as the Administrative Services Commander from 2002-2005 and as the Jail Commander from 2005-2009. Since 2011, Mike has been serving as the Inspectional Services Commander in charge of internal investigations, grant administration, departmental inspections, and public information officer. Mike has also served as the SWAT Commander, has been the department Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) Coordinator since 1997, is currently the department Emergency Management representative.
Mike earned a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Business Management at Metropolitan State University of Denver, is well on his way toward his Masters in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma, and is a graduate of the 235th session of the FBI National Academy.
Mike is a member of the board of directors for the Auburn Downtown Association, is actively involved with Special Olympics, organizing and participating in an annual relay torch run from the Idaho State line to Joint Base Lewis McChord. He enjoys sailing and is an avid runner, having completed 14 marathons, the Coeur d'Alene Ironman Triathlon and several shorter races.

Commander Steve Stocker

Steve StockerCommander Stocker was hired with Auburn Police Department in 1990 and worked as a Patrol Officer for several years.
After his time in Patrol, Steve spent two years assigned to The Outlet Collection. He then spent 5 years as a Major Crimes detective before being promoted to a Major Crimes Sergeant where he worked for 2 years. During his time at the department, Steve has spent a total of 6 years on the SWAT team. After his time in the Major Crimes division, he was rotated to work two years as the training sergeant.
Steve was promoted to the rank of Commander in January, 2007 where he worked 3 years in Admin Services, 3 years in Patrol, and is currently the Investigations Commander which is in charge of Auburn's Crime Scene Response Team.
In addition to the department's command staff, Steve is also the commander of the Valley Crisis Communications Unit as a negotiator, as well as the commander of the Valley Investigations Team which oversees officer involved shootings in South King County.

Commander Dave Colglazier

Dave ColglazierCommander Colglazier began his law enforcement career in 1993 with the Port of Seattle Police Department, then joining the Auburn Police Department in 1995. Dave spent approximately 3 years in patrol before being assigned to the K9 Unit. Dave and his K9 partner "Bone" patrolled the streets for 6 years together. After Bone's retirement, Dave returned to patrol for a short time until being promoted to Sergeant in 2005.
As a Sergeant, Dave spent 2 years in patrol, 2 years in Investigations to include both Property Crimes and Major Crimes, and 2 years as the Inspectional Services Sergeant handling internal investigations and public information.
In 2011, Dave was promoted to the rank of Commander and was assigned to the Patrol Division. As a Commander, Dave has handled administrative duties for K9, Peer Support, Field Training Officers, and SWAT. In September 2014, Commander Colglazier rotated from his duties as a Patrol Commander over to Administrative Services where he manages Accreditation, the Training Unit, Community Programs and Volunteers. Dave earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Washington.

Commander Mark Caillier

Mark CaillierCommander Caillier has been a police officer since 1991 and was hired by the Auburn Police Department in 1994. Commander Caillier served as a Patrol officer, Major Crimes Detective, Field Training Officer, SWAT Officer and a K9 handler prior to being promoted to Sergeant in 2007. Mark is a past Team Leader for the Valley Civil Disturbance Unit and was a lead supervisor for the Valley Investigations Team. Mark supervised the Major Crimes Unit from January, 2011 to November, 2013 when he was promoted to the rank of Commander. Mark holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University. He currently is assigned as a Patrol Commander supervising the South Sector of Auburn. 

Commander Dan O'Neil

Dan O'Neil Commander

Daniel O'Neil began his law enforcement career in 1999 with the City of Auburn. He spent his first three and a half years working primarily graveyard patrol. In 2003, he became a field training officer, which made him responsible for teaching academy graduates the practical application of state law, city ordinance, and department policy and procedures. In 2005, Daniel became a generalist canine handler, working with two separate dogs over 6 years. In July of 2010, Daniel was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he was assigned to patrol, property crimes, special investigations, and administrative services. Dan was promoted to Commander in March of 2017.   
Daniel has a Master's Degree in Public Safety Executive Leadership from Saint Cloud State University. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology from Eastern Washington University and an Associate of Arts Degree from Green River College. Daniel has also completed the International Association Chiefs of Police, Leadership in Police Organizations course. Daniel recently completed the Auburn Chamber of Commerce South Puget Sound Leadership Institute. This fall he is scheduled to attend the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Records and Evidence Manager - Christine James

Chris JamesChristine James, Police Records Manager, has been with Auburn PD since September 2012. Chris brings 23 years of experience in law enforcement support services. Background includes ten years as a Records Specialist with Port Angeles WA Police Department and 13 years with Clallam County Sheriff's Office in Port Angeles WA as Administrative Assistant, Support Services Supervisor and Administrative Coordinator. Experience includes acting as an Accreditation Assessor for Washington Association of Sheriff's and Police Chiefs; oversight of the property and evidence function of the Sheriff's Office for six years; training and experience in public disclosure laws and processes, and State retention schedules for law enforcement records; Technical Agency Coordinator (TAC) for six years. Chris lives in Auburn and is a member of Soroptimist International of Auburn.


Sergeant James Nordenger

Sergeant Nordenger starJames Nordengerted his law enforcement career in 1993 when he became a reserve police officer for the City of Newport in Pend Oreille County. He became a full time officer in 1996 and worked for the citizens of Newport until January, 1999 before he transferred to the Auburn Police Department. While working in the patrol division, Sergeant Nordenger was a sniper and entry team member on the SWAT team. As an officer, James was also a Field Training Officer for several years, an Honor Guard member and is currently a Use of Force/Defensive Tactics instructor. In 2004, Nordenger joined the traffic division as a motorcycle officer before he was promoted to his current rank of Sergeant in July, 2006. Since his promotion, Sergeant Nordenger has been in the Major Crimes Division, the Traffic Unit, Patrol Unit and now currently in Community Programs.
James currently holds a college degree in Criminal Justice, and is a recent graduate of the Leadership Institute of Puget Sound.

Sergeant Brian Williams

Brian WilliamsSergeant Williams has been with department since 1996. He has a B.A. in Sociology from WWU and returns there yearly to help teach criminal procedure and search and seizure classes. He has been assigned to the patrol division (1996-1999), Special Operations Unit (2000-2003), Special Investigations Unit (2003-2006) and was promoted to Sergeant in 2007. Sergeant Williams has been the supervisor for Property Crimes, Special Investigations, Administrative Services and as of September 1st, 2015, he is the newest Sergeant to the Traffic division.
Sergeant Williams was a member of the Civil Disturbance Unit from 1997 to 2000 and the Crime Scene Team from 2008 to 2012. Brian is a department instructor for Emergency Vehicle Operations and Taser Gun Operations. Brian is active with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and has assisted with fundraising for various local charities since 1999. 

Sergeant James Frith

James FrithSergeant Frith has been with the Auburn Police Department for 16 years. Before joining the department, he was active duty Army for 6 years as a Flight Engineer, and then spent 2 years in the Washington Army National Guard as a Flight Engineer and a Department of the Army Civilian Aircraft Mechanic.

James has served as a Patrol Officer, a Narcotics Detective with the Special Investigations Unit, and a Field Training Officer. In James' time with the department, he has been a Defensive Tactics Instructor, Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor, a member of the Civil Disturbance Unit, Honor Guard, and the Valley Swat Team. Sergeant Frith was promoted to an acting Sergeant in 2010 and promoted to Sergeant in 2011. James worked in the Property Crimes  division where he oversaw the investigation of auto theft, burglary, fraud and forgery. On September 1st, James rotated over to the Major Crimes division where he will oversee the investigation of felony crimes, robbery, homicide and sex crimes.

Sergeant Jon Thornton

Jon ThorntonSergeant Thornton was hired by the Auburn Police Department in January, 1991. Jon served on the Civil Disturbance Unit (Riot Team) for 10 years. During this time, his squad was involved in the World Trade Organization riots for three days in Downtown Seattle in November, 1999. His squad was the first squad to deploy tear gas during the riots.

In 1995, Jon was selected as part of the Auburn Police Mountain Bicycle Patrol where he spent five years mostly patrolling the Downtown area. In 2002, Jon joined the Valley Regional SWAT Team where his primary duty was as a shield operator. Jon held other duties within team structure such as Armored Vehicle Instructor, Auburn Team Leader and Valley SWAT Assistant Team Leader. Jon was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June, 2011 where he was assigned to the Patrol Division. On September 1st, 2015, Sergeant Thornton rotated to the Property Crimes division where he will oversee the investigation of auto theft, burglary, fraud and forgery.

Sergeant Tyler Christian

Tyler ChristianSergeant Christian was hired by Auburn Police Department in June, 2002 and currently holds the rank of Sergeant. He is an active member of his department's SWAT team with 8 years experience. He is also one of the department's lead firearms instructors as well as the Range Master. Tyler's other assignments have included Patrol, Civil Disturbance Team, SWAT, Firearms Instructor, M16-AR-15 Armorer, Colt 1911 Armorer, Sig Sauer Armorer and Narcotics Detective. He holds instructor certifications from various organizations to include the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center and the National Rifle Association. Tyler has certifications in handgun, rifle, sub-gun, knife and martial arts. Tyler has graduated from numerous basic and advanced rifle and handgun courses to include: LMS Defense, Tap-Rack Tactical, Trident Concepts, Practical Edge Shooting and Magpul Dynamics. Tyler started training in traditional martial arts in 1999 and currently holds a 1st Degree Black Belt in Shudokan Karate. He has also trained intensely in several other martial arts styles to include: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Krav Maga, Goshin Jitsu and Combatives. Tyler has combined his passion for martial arts and shooting, fusing the physical skills of martial arts with the use of firearms in close quarter defensive scenarios.

Sergeant Sam Betz

Sam BetzSergeant Betz has been with the Auburn Police Department since 2006. While in Patrol, he spent time on the Crime Scene Team, President of the Auburn Police Officer's Association, Auburn Police Guild Executive Board, Valley SWAT Team, and as a K9 handler for a narcotic detection K9. In 2012, Sergeant Betz was assigned to the Special Investigations Unit of the Auburn Police Department as a detective. In 2013, Sergeant Betz was promoted to Sergeant and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.
Sergeant Betz holds a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.

Sergeant Jamie Douglas

Jamie DouglasSergeant Douglas has been a Law Enforcement Officer since 1998. He joined the Auburn Police Department in October, 2000. Jamie has been a member of the Clandestine Drug Lab Unit, a Narcotics K9 Handler with his partner "Gunner", a Motor Officer, and is a Drug Recognition Expert. He has been heavily involved in DUI enforcement and has received numerous commendations and awards for his work in that field.
In May of 2014, Jamie was promoted to the rank of Sergeant with Auburn PD.

Sergeant Andy Clapp

Andy Clapp

Sergeant Andrew Clapp graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Andrew began his career in Law Enforcement in 1996 when he was hired by the Auburn Police Department as a Police Service Specialist.  In 2000, Andrew became a commissioned Auburn Police Officer.  In 2007, he joined the Crime Scene Team specializing in photographing major crime scenes and the same year Andrew became a Field Training Officer.  In 2010, Andrew became a member of the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) staff as an instructor of both driving and Pursuit Immobilization Technique (PIT).
Andrew was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June 2014 where he currently is assigned to the Patrol Division. Sergeant Clapp proudly calls Auburn his home.

Sergeant James Hopper

James HopperAfter graduating from North Thurston High School, Sergeant James Hopper served in the United States Army for five years as an intelligence analyst and Arabic linguist.  After military service, he earned a BS degree from Regents College (Albany, NY).  He attended graduate school at Loyola College, Baltimore, MD, earning an M.Ed. in School Counseling.  He worked in public schools for 10 years, and began his police career in 2008.  Since that time, James has been a bicycle officer, field training officer, property crimes detective, and master police officer.  He has been an active member of the Valley Civil Disturbance Unit, participating in annual trainings and crowd control events, such as Seattle's May Day protests. 
James was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June 2016 where he is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.

Sergeant Todd Byers

Todd ByersSergeant Byers started his law enforcement career in 1987 when he became a Police Officer for the City of Las Cruces, NM.  He transferred to the Auburn Police Department in November 1996.  While working in the Patrol Division, Sergeant Byers became a Field Training Officer in 1988 and trained several Officers for the Department.  Byers moved to the Traffic Division as a motorcycle Officer and worked in that capacity until early 2000.
In 2000, Sergeant Byers became a TAC Officer at the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission and remained there until 2003 when he returned to the Auburn Police Department Traffic unit.  Byers rotated back to the Patrol Division in January 2014. Sergeant Byers was promoted to Sergeant March of 2017.

Sergeant Christian Adams

Cristian Adams Sergeant Adams began his career with the Auburn Police Department November 21, 2005.  He has served as a Detective, Defensive Tactics Instructor and Field Training Officer during those 12 years.  He was promoted to Sergeant on July 1, 2017 where he is currently assigned to the patrol division.

Evidence Supervisors

Police Records Supervisor - Sandra (Sandi) Ullrich

Sandi UllrichSandi has been with Auburn PD since March 2002.  She brings 25 years of experience in law enforcement support services. Her background includes 7 years with Black Diamond PD and 6 years with Algona PD, both as a Support Specialist.  Sandi has been responsible for submission of UCR (Uniformed Crime Report) / NIBRS (National Incident Based Reporting System) to FBI for over 20 years.  She was the Technical Agency Coordinator (TAC) for both Black Diamond and Algona, continuing to assist while at Auburn PD.  She has been a member of LEIRA (Law Enforcement Information Records Association) for most of her career, where she served as Secretary, Director and Committee Chairperson.
Sandi comes from a family involved in Law Enforcement.  Her father retired as a Homicide Detective from Burbank, CA PD, an uncle retired from LAPD and she has a cousin who is currently a detective with LAPD.  "I enjoy all aspects of Law Enforcement and even after 25 years, I'm still amazed that I experience something new almost every day".

Police Services Specialist Supervisor - Jamie Heslin

Jamie HeslinJamie has been with the Auburn Police Department since 2001. She spent 13 years in the Records Unit and one year on patrol. Jamie earned two letters of commendation during her time as a Police Officer. Prior to getting hired at Auburn PD, Jamie worked as a 911 Call Receiver. During her time at Auburn PD, Jamie held the position of Secretary with the Auburn Police Officers Association and was a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteer. Jamie was responsible for creating and implementing the current training program for new Records employees and is one of the trainers for the Records Unit.
Jamie graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. 

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