Anne Kirkpatrick, the former Spokane police chief who Sheriff John Urquhart brought in to be his chief deputy when he was elected, is retiring from the King County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.
Kirkpatrick will begin working for the FBI’s law enforcement executive development association, or FBI-LEEDA, later this summer. Kirkpatrick said she will work with law enforcement agencies across the country on issues involving police discipline as well as credibility and leadership.
Kirkpatrick said she will continue to live in Seattle.
Kirkpatrick said that as the second-in-charge at the sheriff’s office she wanted to help lay the groundwork for a new agency. She said that when she agreed to take the FBI position, she and Urquhart had “a clear understanding I would stay for transitioning.”
When the case of Darrion Keith Holiwell came to the attention of Kirkpatrick and Urquhart in March, Kirkpatrick said she wanted to make sure she stayed in place and offer her support until charges were filed. Holiwell is accused of helping his estranged wife work as a prostitute, stealing department ammunition and illegally delivering testosterone. He pleaded not guilty this week to one count of promoting prostitution, one count of theft and one count of violating a drug law.
Urquhart, in a 2012 news release, said he picked Kirkpatrick because of her decades of law enforcement experience – as chief of Ellensburg, Federal Way and Spokane – and because she’s focused on police reform issues. He said that Kirkpatrick has experience working with the Department of Justice when the agency investigated Spokane police.
“Anne Kirkpatrick has the experience and credentials every city in the country looks for in its police chief,” Urquhart wrote in a news release.
Kirkpatrick retired from the Spokane department in 2012 and moved back to Seattle, where she has long maintained a home. In 2010, she was a semi-finalist in the selection for Seattle’s chief of police.