Puyallup City Manager Gary McLean made it official today, naming interim police chief Jim Collyer as the city's new chief of police. Collyer has been serving as interim chief since April 2008. Prior to that, Collyer served as the Deputy Chief since 2003.
"Chief Collyer brings a depth of experience and professionalism to the position," said McLean, "and he's earned the respect of officers and staff both here in Puyallup and across the state."
Collyer began his career with the Puyallup Police Department in 1983 as a patrol officer. Over the next 25 years he also served as training officer, detective, patrol sergeant, narcotics unit supervisor, general investigations unit supervisor, tactical team supervisor, multi-agency major crimes team supervisor, patrol division commander, investigation division commander and deputy chief of police. He also served 11 years as president of the Puyallup Police Association; executive chairman of the Tacoma Regional Drug Task Force; and chairman of the Cooperative Law Enforcement Cities of Pierce County.