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Marysville Police Chief Rick Smith, center, with the city’s Chief Executive Officer Gloria Hirashima, left, and Mayor Jon Nehring at Smith’s retirement party on Aug. 28.

 

After 12 and a half years leading the Marysville Police Department, Police Chief Rick Smith announced he would be retiring from the role at the end of August.

“I’m going to miss the people, the outstanding leadership of this city … the camaraderie I have with many and the time spent with everyone,” said Smith.

Jeff Goldman, who was previously the assistant chief for the Marysville Police Department, will serve as interim chief.

“He has been with the department for a number of years,” said Connie Mennie, communications administrator for the city of Marysville.

“He has the continuity and long-range vision to help the city during this transition process,” she said.

Marysville officials have not yet decided how the search for the city’s next police chief will be conducted.

“We are currently putting together a hiring process for the next chief,” said Mennie.

Mennie said that Smith has accomplished a lot in his time with the city though.

“He has done an amazing job in terms of crime reduction for the city,” she said.

“The Chief has a lot to be proud of in his 30 years serving.”

Before coming to Marysville, Smith spent many years in Vancouver, Wash., and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

He was hired as Marysville’s Police Chief a little more than 12 years ago.

“I remember when he first walked through the door and he was very enthusiastic and very engaging,” said Commander Robb Lamoureux with the Marysville Police Department.

“I think we’ll miss his overall leadership. He did a lot for this organization when he came on-board and he had a real definitive vision of what he wanted our mission to be,” he said.

Smith said that the department needed restructuring when he got to the city.

“We were moving from being reactive to being a proactive department,” he said.

Part of that was implementing a NITE team to take a more active approach in policing.

“The creation of the NITE team has had very long-standing positives,” said Lamoureux.

The first years of Smith’s tenure brought a lot of challenges as well, as Marysville increased in size due to a major annexation.

“We had to deal with crime rising during recession times and also 20,000 people who were getting added into the city,” he said.

“And that was a time when we were not able to add any more police officers, but I’m very proud at how the department came together.”

Beginning in the early 2010s Smith also began to see crime increase because of the opioid crisis.

“We’ve really started hammering down on what we need to do to reduce that crime,” which has seen a downward trend for a few years now, said Smith.

He also oversaw a lot of the response to the 2014 Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting, and said that both he and fellow officers were greatly affected by that incident.

“In 2014, there is a lot of trauma associated with horrific events. You carry that with you always,” he said.

Smith said he will miss the camaraderie with his fellow officers and the staff of the city.

“He worked with everyone at the city to get us all on the same team. He wasn’t just working with our department, but all the staff,” said Lamoureux.

Now that he is leaving the role, Smith said he looks forward to spending more time with family.

“My wife has said that the city has become my second wife,” he joked.

“I’ll no longer have to deal with that call that comes in at 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. in the morning that takes me away,” he said.

After household projects and traveling Smith may find other roles he wants to serve in as well.

“I will look into what I want to do, possibly in the private sector or on my own,” he said.

He wanted to thank the community for their support though the years.

“I appreciate the community for the trust, respect and compassion they had in me and their efforts to work with us,” he said.

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