Police Chief: ‘I look forward to meeting you’

Mar 17, 2016
Photo by: Brian Soergel Mill Creek Police Chief Greg Elwin

Hello, Mill Creek!

I am very excited to get to work with your police department. I have spent a career preparing for this opportunity, and it is with great joy that I am afforded the chance to become part of your community.

Thank you to all I’ve met so far for welcoming me and to everyone else. I look forward to meeting you.

I started my law enforcement career 26 years ago as a city police officer in a relatively young city of about 20,000 people with a police department of about 25 officers.

I find myself now taking the helm in a very similar circumstance here in Mill Creek. Although I have spent the last 21 years working for a Sheriff’s Office, I find that as a chief, the similarities between a sheriff’s office and a police department are greater than the differences.

As the chief, it is my responsibility to set the goals and expectations of the department in accordance with those set by the City Council and city manager. In effect, it is my job to ensure that the police department does its part to reach the goals of the city.

My goal for the police department is to become a preeminent city police force that is a leader in the community, both within Mill Creek and throughout the region.

We will accomplish this by developing our staff, working closely with the community we serve, and being effective partners with the rest of the city, our allied agencies and, most importantly, the people who live, work and play in Mill Creek.

This will be accomplished by nurturing the two cornerstones of my leadership philosophy: communications and relationships.

Law enforcement is not the only function of your police department, however. Our role as part of the greater city team is to provide the sense of security and safety that all in Mill Creek deserve and expect. This sense of security comes from knowing and seeing your police officers at work.

Whether they are stopping by a school playground or park to interact with your children, responding to a 911 call for service, providing a traffic safety function or just talking to folks in the neighborhoods, our greater role is to be that visible presence that lets everyone know we’re in a safe city.

I’m excited to get started and look forward to a time in the near future where I will live, work and play in Mill Creek with my family and yours.

Please call or email me anytime with thoughts, concerns or suggestions. I appreciate the feedback!

Email grege@cityofmillcreek.com or call 425-921-5707.

Greg Elwin is Mill Creek's new police chief.


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