New Des Moines Police Chief Announced

New Des Moines Police Chief Announced
Posted on 06/12/2024

The City of Des Moines is pleased to announce the selection of Ted Boe to lead the police department as the City’s new Chief of Police.

Ted Boe has served as Burien’s Chief of Police since 2018. Prior to Burien, he served 18 years in the King County Sheriff’s Office, as Sergeant, Precinct Operations Captain, and Major Investigations Section Captain in Seattle, Burien, and SeaTac.

Following the recent departure of Chief Tim Gately, City administration conducted a thorough review of potential options to fill the vacant position, through either interim assignments or a permanent replacement. “Chief Boe’s name continued to come up in our review process as a person of high moral character, the exact kind of expertise and experience that we needed and someone who may potentially be available to make a move,” Interim City Manager Tim George stated.

“The City is gaining a leader known for his ability to prioritize community engagement, implement effective policing policies and promote accountability,” George added. “I couldn’t be more excited for Chief Boe to get to work in Des Moines and for the residents of this City to meet him.”

Chief Boe, already an established regional partner with DMPD, possesses an intimate understanding of our community, and the need for effective law enforcement strategies that meet the needs of South King County residents. His selection will inject a fresh perspective and innovative leadership into our highly motivated and committed department.

Des Moines Police Guild President Justin Cripe provided the following statement:
The Des Moines Police Guild supports Interim City Manager Tim George's decision to select Chief Boe as our next Police Chief. Chief Boe and his exceptional leadership skills, extensive experience, and forward-thinking vision make him the ideal candidate for this critical role. We are confident that his leadership will contribute to the continued success and growth of the Police Department, ensuring that it effectively meets the evolving needs of our community and its citizens. His dedication and commitment to public service will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the City as a whole. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to Interim City Manager Tim George, Mayor Traci Buxton, and the City Administrative staff for their diligent efforts to fill this vacancy. Also, we would like to acknowledge Acting Chief Mark Couey for his exceptional leadership during this transitional period.

The offer that has been made is conditional upon a successful and thorough background review. It is anticipated Chief Boe will officially start in his new position mid-August of 2024. Acting Chief Mark Couey will continue to lead the department until Chief Boe begins.

Please join us in welcoming Chief Boe to our City!!