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Leadership Team

Chief Daniel O'Neil

Chief Dan O'NeilDaniel O'Neil began his law enforcement career in 1999 with the City of Auburn. He spent his first three and a half years working primarily graveyard patrol. In 2003, he became a field training officer, which made him responsible for teaching academy graduates the practical application of state law, city ordinance, and department policy and procedures. In 2005, Daniel became a generalist canine handler, working with two separate dogs over 6 years. In July of 2010, Daniel was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he was assigned to patrol, property crimes, special investigations, and administrative services. Daniel was promoted to Commander in March of 2017. Daniel has a Master's Degree in Public Safety Executive Leadership from Saint Cloud State University. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology from Eastern Washington University and an Associate of Arts Degree from Green River College. Daniel is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Assistant Chief Mark Caillier

Mark Caillier

Assistant Chief Mark Caillier has been a police officer since 1991 and was hired by the Auburn Police Department in 1994. Mark served as a Patrol officer, Major Crimes Detective, Field Training Officer, EVOC Instructor, SWAT Officer and a K9 handler prior to being promoted to Sergeant in 2007. Mark supervised the Major Crimes Unit from January, 2011 to November, 2013 when he was promoted to the rank of Commander. As a Commander, Mark supervised the Patrol Division and Inspectional Services Division. He is a past Team Leader for the Valley Civil Disturbance Unit and was a lead supervisor for the Valley Independent Investigations Team. Mark holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University. He is a 2017 graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Mark is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. He was promoted to Assistant Chief on August 1, 2018.

Commanders

Commander Mike Hirman

Mike HirmanCommander Hirman came to the Auburn Police Department in 1992 after serving as a Special Agent with the US Army CID Command. Mike was a patrol officer and a detective for five years and then in 1997 was promoted to Sergeant. He was assigned to patrol and then as the Major Crimes Sergeant until 1999 when he was promoted to the rank of Commander. Mike was a Patrol Commander for two rotations: 1999-2002 and again from 2009-2011. He also served as the Administrative Services Commander from 2002-2005 and then from 2019 to present.  Mike served as the Jail Commander from 2005-2009. In 2011, Mike served as the Inspectional Services Commander in charge of internal investigations, grant administration, departmental inspections, and public information officer. In 2014, Mike assumed command of the Investigations Division where he was selected as the overall Commander of the Valley Independent Investigative Team until moving back to Administrative Services in 2019.  Mike has also served as the SWAT Commander, has been the department Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) Coordinator since 1997 and is currently the department Emergency Management representative.
Mike earned a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Business Management at Metropolitan State University of Denver and his Masters degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma, and is a graduate of the 235th session of the FBI National Academy.  Mike has served on several boards, including Kiwanis, Auburn YMCA and the Auburn Downtown Association.  He is actively involved with Special Olympics, organizing and participating in an annual relay torch run from the Idaho State line to Joint Base Lewis McChord. He enjoys sailing and is an avid runner, having completed 14 marathons, the Coeur d'Alene Ironman Triathlon and several shorter races.

Commander Steve Stocker

Steve StockerCommander Stocker was hired with Auburn Police Department in 1990 and worked as a Patrol Officer for several years. After his time in Patrol, Steve spent two years assigned to The Outlet Collection. He then spent 5 years as a Major Crimes detective before being promoted to a Major Crimes Sergeant where he worked for 2 years. During his time at the department, Steve has spent a total of 6 years on the SWAT team. After his time in the Major Crimes division, he was rotated to work two years as the training sergeant. Steve was promoted to the rank of Commander in January, 2007 where he has worked 3 years in Administration Services, 5 years in Patrol, 2 years as Investigations Commander, and currently is the Inspectional Services Commander. In addition to the department's command staff, Steve is also the commander of the Hostage Negotiations Team.

Commander Dave Colglazier

Dave ColglazierCommander Colglazier began his law enforcement career in 1993 with the Port of Seattle Police Department, then joining the Auburn Police Department in 1995. Dave spent approximately 3 years in patrol before being assigned to the K9 Unit. Dave and his K9 partner "Bone" patrolled the streets for 6 years together. After Bone's retirement, Dave returned to patrol for a short time until being promoted to Sergeant in 2005.  As a Sergeant, Dave spent 2 years in patrol, 2 years in Investigations to include both Property Crimes and Major Crimes, and 2 years as the Inspectional Services Sergeant handling internal investigations and public information. In 2011, Dave was promoted to the rank of Commander and was assigned to the Patrol Division. As a Commander, Dave has handled administrative duties for K9, Peer Support, Field Training Officers, and SWAT. In September 2014, Commander Colglazier rotated from his duties as a Patrol Commander to Administrative Services.  In January of 2019 Dave took over as commander of the Investigations Division and as the APD commander to the Valley Independent Investigative Team.  Dave earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Washington.

Commander Jamie Douglas

Jamie DouglasCommander Douglas has been a Law Enforcement Officer since 1998. He joined the Auburn Police Department in October, 2000. Jamie has been a member of the Clandestine Drug Lab Unit, a Narcotics K9 Handler with his partner "Gunner", a Motor Officer, Field Training Officer and a Drug Recognition Expert.  In May of 2014, Jamie was promoted to the rank of Sergeant with Auburn PD in the Patrol Division. As a Sergeant, Jamie was also responsible for the Crime Scene Response Team and was also the Field Training Sergeant.  In August 2018, Jamie was promoted to Patrol Commander. Jamie oversees 4 patrol crews, the Bicycle unit, Traffic unit, Parking control, and Animal Control units. Jamie also commands the Civil Disturbance Unit and Field Training Program. Jamie is the Operations Board Vice-Chair for the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network. In addition to his formal education, Jamie is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the National Emergency Management Academy.

Commander Sam Betz

Sam BetzCommander Sam Betz has been with the Auburn Police Department since 2006. As a Patrol Officer, he spent time on the Crime Scene Response Team, President of the Auburn Police Officer's Association, Auburn Police Guild Executive Board, Valley SWAT Team, and as a K9 handler for a narcotic detection. In 2012, Sam was assigned to the Special Investigations Unit of the Auburn Police Department as a detective. In 2013, Sam was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division. Sam was then assigned to Major Crimes from 2018-2020. As a Sergeant, Sam was assigned to Valley SWAT as a member, then an Assistant Team Leader and finally a Team Leader. Sam was also part of the Valley Independent Investigations Team and the Auburn Police Sergeant’s Association executive board. In January of 2020, Sam was promoted to the rank of Commander and assigned back to the Patrol Division. Sam holds a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.

Commander Cristian Adams

Cristian AdamsCommander Adams began his career with the Auburn Police Department November 21, 2005.  Cristian has served as a property detective, Defensive Tactics Instructor and Field Training Officer during those 12 years.  He was promoted to Sergeant on July 1, 2017 where he was assigned to the patrol division.  Cristian was promoted to the rank of Commander in February, 2020 and is currently assigned to the patrol division.  Cristian graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Society and Justice in 2004.  He was also a Division One track athlete for the University of Washington from 2001-2004.

Sergeants

Sergeant James Nordenger

James NordengerSergeant Nordenger started his law enforcement career in 1993 when he became a reserve police officer for the City of Newport in Pend Oreille County. He became a full time officer in 1996 and worked for the citizens of Newport until January, 1999 before he transferred to the Auburn Police Department. While working in the patrol division, Sergeant Nordenger was a sniper and entry team member on the SWAT team. As an officer, James was also a Field Training Officer for several years, an Honor Guard member and is currently a Use of Force/Defensive Tactics instructor. In 2004, Nordenger joined the traffic division as a motorcycle officer before he was promoted to his current rank of Sergeant in July, 2006. Since his promotion, Sergeant Nordenger has been in the Major Crimes Division, the Traffic Unit, Patrol Unit and Community Programs.  James currently holds a college degree in Criminal Justice, and is a recent graduate of the Leadership Institute of Puget Sound.  He is also a graduate of the Leadership in Police Organizations-The West Point Model and graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, class #404.

Sergeant James Frith

James FrithSergeant Frith has been with the Auburn Police Department since 1997. Before joining the department, he served in the United States Army as a Flight Engineer, and as a Department of the Army Civilian Aircraft Mechanic with the Washington Army National Guard.  In addition to working patrol, James was a member of the Honor Guard, the Civil Disturbance Unit and the Valley SWAT Team.  He also served as a Narcotics Detective with the Special Investigations Unit and as a Field Training Officer.  James was promoted to sergeant in 2010 and has been assigned to Patrol, Property Crimes, and Major Crimes.  James is a Defensive Tactics Instructor and an Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor.  Sergeant Frith holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Central Washington University.  He completed the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations course, and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command class #422. 

Sergeant Jon Thornton

Jon ThorntonSergeant Thornton was hired by the Auburn Police Department in 1991. He served on the Civil Disturbance Unit (Riot Team) for 10 years. During that time, his squad was deployed to assist in the World Trade Organization riots for three days in Downtown Seattle in November, 1999. His squad, was the first squad to deploy tear gas during the rioting.  Jon has also served as a Field Training Officer.  He was selected to the Auburn Mountain Bike Unit and spent five years patrolling the downtown Auburn corridor. In 2002, he was selected to the regional Valley Special Response Team, later renamed Valley SWAT. His primary duty on the team was shield operator. He held other duties within the team structure as an Armored Vehicle Instructor, Auburn Team Leader and Assistant Team Leader. He was promoted to Sergeant in June 2011 where he was assigned to the Patrol Division. Jon was also responsible for the Crime Scene Response Team. That team responded to violent crime scenes and processed all evidence for the investigation. In 2015, he was assigned to the Investigations Division as the Property Crimes Sergeant.  Jon is currently back in the Patrol Division and he is the Sergeant of the Auburn Honor Guard.   Jon is a Team Leader and part of the training cadre of the regional Valley Civil Disturbance Unit.

Sergeant Tyler Christian

Tyler ChristianTyler Christian was hired by the Auburn Police Department in June, 2002 and currently holds the rank of Sergeant.  Tyler is currently assigned to our Training / Administrative Services division. He oversees the department's training program for all commissioned and non-commissioned staff alike and manages the administrative duties necessitated by law, accreditation standards and record keeping.  Tyler is the department's lead firearms instructor and Range Master. Tyler's other assignments have included Patrol, Civil Disturbance Team, SWAT, SWAT Team Leader, Special Investigations Unit, Firearms Instructor and department armorer. He holds numerous instructor certifications from firearms to martial arts and has been able to share his knowledge and expertise in certain aspects of law enforcement on both a regional and national stage.  Tyler has completed numerous leadership schools to include Northwestern University Staff and Command College, South Puget Sound Leadership Institute, Leadership in Police Organizations and he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University. 

Sergeant Andy Clapp

Andy Clapp

Sergeant Andrew Clapp graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Andrew began his career in Law Enforcement in 1996 when he was hired by the Auburn Police Department as a Police Service Specialist.  In 2000, Andrew became a commissioned Auburn Police Officer.  In 2007, he joined the Crime Scene Response Team specializing in photographing major crime scenes.  That same year Andrew became a Field Training Officer.  In 2010, Andrew became a member of the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) staff as an instructor of both driving and Pursuit Immobilization Technique (PIT).  Andrew was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June 2014 where he was assigned to the patrol division.  Andrew's current assignment is as the Property Crimes Detective Sergeant, he is also a member of the department's Peer Support Team.  Andrew proudly calls Auburn his home. 

Sergeant James Hopper

James HopperAfter graduating from North Thurston High School, Sergeant James Hopper served in the United States Army for five years as an intelligence analyst and Arabic linguist.  After military service, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Regents College (Albany, NY).  James attended graduate school at Loyola College, Baltimore, MD, earning an M.Ed. in School Counseling.  He worked in public schools for 10 years, and began his police career in 2008.  Since that time, James has been a bicycle officer, field training officer, property crimes detective, and master police officer.  He has been an active member of the Valley Civil Disturbance Unit, participating in annual training and crowd control events, such as Seattle's May Day protests.  James was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June 2016 where served as a patrol sergeant.  James is currently assigned to the Investigations Division.

Sergeant Todd Byers

Todd ByersSergeant Byers started his law enforcement career in 1987 when he became a Police Officer for the City of Las Cruces, NM.  He transferred to the Auburn Police Department in November 1996.  While working in the Patrol Division, Todd became a Field Training Officer in 1998 and trained many officers for the Department. Byers moved to the Traffic Division as a motorcycle officer and worked in that capacity until early 2000.  In 2000, Todd became a TAC Officer at the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission and remained there until 2003 when he returned to the Auburn Police Department Traffic unit.  Todd was promoted to Sergeant in March of 2017.  Todd rotated back to the Patrol Division in January 2014. 

Sergeant Shaun Feero

Shaun FeeroSergeant Shaun Feero has been with the Auburn Police Department since 2007. Prior to that, he was a police officer with the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska from 2005-2007 after attending the Alaska State Trooper Academy.  Shaun graduated from American Military University with a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and additionally received a Graduate Certificate in Executive Law Enforcement Leadership at AMU after attaining undergraduate degrees from Portland State University and the Community College of the Air Force.  While in patrol, Shaun spent time on the Crime Scene Team, was part of the Auburn Police Guild Executive Board, Valley SWAT Team, Valley Civil Disturbance Unit, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Bicycle Unit, and was recognized as a Master Police Officer (MPO) in 2016. He is currently part of the APD Honor Guard. Shaun is Auburn PD’s Military Liaison, providing resources to veterans and keeping the APD administration appraised of current reserve and guard commitments. Shaun is also serving in the Air Force Reserve as a Master Sergeant in the 446th Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Shaun was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant in August of 2018. After serving over a year as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division, Shaun was reassigned to the Investigations Division and is currently the Major Crimes Sergeant. Shaun resides in Bonney Lake, Washington, and is blessed to be married to his beautiful wife, Victoria and enjoys every day with his two sons, Wesson and Colt.

Sergeant Josh Matt 

Josh MattSergeant Josh Matt started his career as a patrol officer with the Auburn Police Department in March of 2007.  While in patrol he was part of the Crime Scene Response Team, Valley Civil Disturbance Unit, and was a Field Training Officer.  In 2013 Josh was assigned to the property crimes unit as a detective specializing in burglary and arson investigations.  In 2015 he moved to the major crimes unit and became a part of the Valley Independent Investigations Team.  In 2017 Josh was assigned to investigate cold-case homicides and long-term missing persons cases.  Josh was selected to receive training to be a certified fitness instructor and provides support to officers in fitness and nutrition.  Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Washington.  Josh has been a life-long Auburn resident and is proud to raise his family in the community. 

Sergeant Brandon Skeen 

Brandon SkeenSergeant Skeen has been with the Auburn Police Department since 2008.  Before joining the department, he was active duty Army for 4.5 years as a combat medic, and completed one deployment to Iraq in 2007.  Brandon has been a member of the civil disturbance unit, a field training officer, Auburn Police Guild Executive Board member, master police officer, and member of the Valley Regional SWAT Team.  In August 2018, Brandon was promoted to the rank of sergeant with the Auburn PD.  Brandon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Southern New Hampshire University.

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