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Interim WWU police chief hired for permanent job

BELLINGHAM — Western Washington University hired its interim police chief, Darin Rasmussen, for the permanent job Wednesday, April 9.

Click here for the full university press release.

Here's a snippet on Rasmussen's background:

Rasmussen has a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and graduated from Northwestern University’s 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, Rasmussen’s 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. He 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.

After former University Police Chief Randy Stegmeier moved on to a security manager job at Pike Place Market in the fall of 2013, Rasmussen took over as Western's interim police chief.

Now his official title will be director of public safety/university chief of police.