Former King County sheriff accepts job as Bremerton police chief

BREMERTON — Former King County Sheriff Steve Strachan has accepted the job as Bremerton police chief, Mayor Patty Lent confirmed Friday morning.

Strachan, 47, worked as the police chief in Kent for about five years before his appointment to chief deputy of the King County Sheriff’s Office in January 2011.

He served as sheriff, overseeing more than 600 deputies, for about eight months when former Sheriff Sue Rahr retired in April 2012; he ran against, and lost to current Sheriff John Urquhart in November.

Strachan will replace current chief Craig Rogers, who is retiring after a 37-year career with the city’s force, including more than seven as its chief.

Strachan competed for the job against Jefferson County Sheriff Anthony Hernandez, Washington State Patrol Capts. Robert Johnson and C. Stephen Sutton and former Santa Paula, Calif., Chief Stephen MacKinnon. All of the candidates appeared at a public meet-and-greet at the Norm Dicks Government Center on Monday night; on Tuesday, city officials conducted internal interviews.