After a nationwide search and careful selection process, the city of Lacey has hired Ken Semko to be its new chief of police. Semko will take over for former Police Chief Dusty Pierpoint, who retired in October after 33 years with the department.

Ken Semko. Photo courtesy city of Lacey.

“Ken’s law enforcement credentials are comprehensive and impressive. I am confident Ken has the right combination of experience, education, and qualities that will make him a successful Police Chief for our community,” said Scott Spence, Lacey’s city manager.

Semko’s prior experience includes 27 years with the Santa Monica Police Department, where he started as an officer in 1991 and eventually came to serve as interim police chief.

The city expects Semko to take over the position on Feb. 11, 2019. As Lacey’s police chief, he will oversee the department’s 64 employees, including 52 police officers, a $10.6 million public safety budget, and $930,000 in contract services. Chris Ward is currently serving as Lacey’s interim police chief.