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Police Chief Recruitment

The City of Bellevue launched a national search for a new police chief to lead a force that has consistently helped make Bellevue one of the safest cities in the country. City Manager Brad Miyake will appoint the new chief.

On Monday, March 2, Miyake announced that Stephen Mylett accepted the city's conditional offer to be its next police chief (news release). The city made the offer following interviews with Mylett and three other finalists for the position on February 26 and 27 ("Four in running" news release).

 Stephen Mylett
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Stephen Mylett, chief, Southlake, Texas Police
Chief Mylett has led the Southlake Police Department since 2011, after 23 years with the Corpus Christi Police. During his tenure at Southlake, property crimes have decreased by 30 percent. 

At Corpus Christi, Chief Mylett rose through the ranks, from cadet to assistant chief. He served in various divisions and assignments, including the patrol, special services (narcotics), community services and administration divisions. Throughout his career, Chief Mylett continued to seek out formal education opportunities while striving for additional responsibilities. Before joining the Corpus Christi force, Chief Mylett served in the Air Force as a security police officer for six years. 

Chief Mylett earned a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences from Midwestern State University and a master of science degree in criminal justice leadership and management from Sam Houston State University. He is also a graduate of professional development courses including senior management in policing (Police Executive Forum) and Bill Blackwood Leadership Command College.

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is the executive search firm assisting the city in hiring the next police chief.

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Contact: Diane Kendall
Phone: 425-452-5211
E-mail: dkendall@bellevuewa.gov

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