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Meidl tapped to lead state association of police chiefs

UPDATED: Thu., July 9, 2020

Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl,  (DAN PELLE)
Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl, (DAN PELLE)

Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl will take on another top role in law enforcement.

Meidl will serve as president of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs after he was voted as its president-elect last May.

“It’s an honor to serve this organization as they work tirelessly to improve law enforcement services to the community,” Meidl said in a statement.

Per the organization’s policies, Meidl automatically succeeded the outgoing president, Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza. He will serve through spring 2021, when he will transition into the role of “past president.”

“Chief Meidl is a great leader for our organization, especially during this period when there are substantive discussions about police reform at every level of government,” said Steve Strachan, WASPC executive director, in a statement. “He will help us review and commit to improved practices that recognize both community expectations and public safety.”

The organization has more than 900 members, including 39 sheriffs and 240 police chiefs, as well as representatives from other agencies.

In an open letter to state leaders last month, the organization called for collaboration with policy makers to enact evidence-based police reform.

“We recognize the hurt, trauma, and anger caused by a history in which our profession has often failed to live up to our own ethical ideals, particularly in our relationships with Communities of Color,” read the statement, signed by Meidl as its president.

Meidl was elected to serve as WASPC’s vice president from 2018 to 2019, when he became its president-elect last May. The organization’s president-elect automatically becomes a the president the following year.

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