Former Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick will leave her post as chief deputy with the King County Sheriff’s Office for an instructor job with the FBI, officials said Friday.
Kirkpatrick will join the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association after stepping down at the end of the month, King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. DB Gates said. The organization instructs law enforcement agencies nationwide in the “science and art of police leadership and management,” according to its website.
Kirkpatrick served as Spokane’s chief of police from September 2006 through January 2012, inheriting the department in the midst of several controversies.
“Although I knew I was inheriting a storm, I didn’t know it would continue to blow for five years,” Kirkpatrick told The Spokesman-Review on her final day in office.
King County Sheriff John Urquhart hired Kirkpatrick as his chief deputy in November 2012.