Darin Rasmussen is promoted to Western's Police Chief
Western Washington University has hired Darin Rasmussen as its new Director of Public Safety/University Chief of Police.
Richard Van Den Hul, vice president for Business and Financial Affairs at Western, said he was pleased to hire someone with Rasmussenís experience and qualifications.
ďIím excited to announce Darinís appointment as Director of Public Safety/University Chief of Police. Darin is an excellent law enforcement professional and strong leader for all of Public Safety, Ē Van Den Hul said.
Rasmussen, who was hired following a national search, has been interim chief since last September and also served as assistant chief. He succeeds Randy Stegmeier, who left Western to take the position of manager of security for the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority in Seattle.
ďI am honored to continue serving in this role with the highly professional officers and staff of the Department of Public Safety to provide a safe, secure and accessible environment for the entire Western community,Ē Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen has a bachelorís degree from Washington State University and graduated from Northwestern Universityís School of Police Staff and Command in 2007. He served with the Marysville Police Department for over 22 years, including as lieutenant, detective sergeant and accreditation manager.
At the Marysville Police Department, Rasmussenís accomplishments included reorganizing the Marysville Volunteer Program to focus on crime prevention; collaborating with the Marysville Community Coalition, Marysville School District and city offices to present a series of community forums focused on safety and emergency preparedness; and developing and implementing a Burglary Strike Team.
Rasmussen also served as an adjunct faculty member for Everett Community College from 2001 through 2008, teaching subjects such as Professional Development, Police Patrol Operations and Criminal Investigations. He has received numerous awards and recognitions.
The Director of Public Safety/University Chief of Police reports to the vice president for Business and Financial Affairs and manages the departmentís operations, including University Police, Parking Services, the Lockshop and Sustainable Transportation.