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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.

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