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Police Captain John Small was sworn in as the city’s new Police Chief by Mayor Gere during Monday night’s City Council meeting. Chief Small is replacing Bonnie Bowers, who has retired.

A retirement celebration will be held for Bowers next Monday in the Anacortes Council Chambers immediately following the City Council meeting, which begins at 6pm. The event is open to the public. Chief Bowers started her law enforcement career in 1984 at the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office. She was hired by the City of Anacortes as a Captain in 2006 and was promoted to Chief in April 2008.

“Captain Small has worked hard to earn our trust during 24 years with the City Police Department and is well qualified for this demanding position. Transitioning into the role of Chief is challenging, and I ask each of you for your support during this transition period,” said Mayor Gere in a memo to the City Council.

In a letter to the Mayor, Small said, “I have a strong commitment to ‘ensuring public safety’ and a proven track record of collaborating with various local and state law enforcement agencies, social services, and local service groups and businesses to provide a safe community and enhance our quality of life.”

Chief Small has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington. He was hired as Police Officer in 1993 and worked his way up to Patrol Sergeant, then to Detective Sergeant to Captain during his years with APD.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,564 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

287 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
34,545 Fully Vaccinated
49,322 Initial Doses Given


355,387 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,292 Hospitalizations

5,362 Deaths Statewide
1,765,245 Fully Vaccinated
2,677,748 Initial Doses Given

Updated 8 pm, April 15, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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