Fife has a new police chief. Pete Fisher was appointed as Fife’s police chief and sworn in on March 28.
City Manager Subir Mukerjee designed a community-led hiring process and said although all candidates brought outstanding credentials, Fisher stood out for his sense of ethics, community relations background and thirst for new knowledge.
“Fisher was a top candidate throughout our rigorous hiring process,” Mukerjee said. “He brings an outstanding skill set that will truly complement the work of our Police Department.”
Mukerjee selected Fisher following panel interviews with community members, law enforcement officials from surrounding agencies and elected officials of candidates after Puyallup Police Capt. Scott Engle was selected earlier this year only to later decline the offer and stay in Puyallup.
Fisher was on the short list of candidates when Engle was selected but was never sworn in. Fisher replaces former Police Chief Mark Mears, who left the department in 2015 to serve as the deputy director of South Sound 911. Mears had served the City of Fife since 2006, first as Assistant Chief of Police then as Chief of Police in 2014, when he replaced Brad Blackburn.
“I know that this was a solid department with really great people,” Fisher said, noting that Bremerton and Fife have similar police issues and resident expectations. “I really believe in proactive policing.”
Fisher began his career in law enforcement in 1995 for the Metropolitan Parks District in Tacoma before transferring to the Bremerton Police Department in 1998. He served as a Traffic Officer then as Patrol Sergeant and, since 2006, as an Operations Lieutenant. He holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, and graduate certificates in Organizational Development and Law Enforcement Education. He has also earned certificates from the FBI, Northwest Command College and the Criminal Justice Training Commission. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Central Washington University and volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America.
Along with leading the 32-commissioned-officer department, Fisher will oversee the Fife City Jail, a 34-bed facility that serves as a central booking and short-term housing facility for Fife and a host of 12 surrounding jurisdictions. They include Buckley, Lakewood, Steilacoom, Milton, Bonney Lake, Roy, Orting, Sumner, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Ruston, Fircrest and the Department of Corrections. His primary goals will be to ensure officers continue to maintain the highest level of integrity, compassion and humility. He also says he is especially committed to transparency and accountability at all levels of the department.
“I look forward to improving the level of training for our officers so they are better prepared to face the challenges of policing in the 21st century, while increasing the overall service we provide to our community,” Fisher said.