By Joni Kirk, Mill Creek Director of Communications and Marketing.
January 2, 2018, update.
Scott Eastman was sworn in this morning as the City of Mill Creek’s Deputy Chief of Police.
This informal ceremony allows him to immediately commence performing law enforcement duties in accordance with state law and city ordinances.
A more formal ceremony will take place on Friday, January 5th, for family and friends.
Original December 15, 2017, article.
The City of Mill Creek recently appointed Scott Eastman, a 28-year law enforcement veteran, as deputy chief of police. He assumes his new role on January 2, 2018.
“Scott is the dynamic, hands-on law enforcement leader the Mill Creek Police Department needs to help with planning, organizing and directing the daily operations,” said Police Chief Greg Elwin.
“He is a great police officer and respected administrator, and he has extensive experience working with diverse agencies to build effective regional partnerships. He brings all the skills to the table that we are seeking and much more.”
Eastman comes from the Fife Police Department, where he has served since 2015 as a police officer and as captain of administrative services.
Previously, he served 24 years with the Lacey Police Department as administrative sergeant, patrol sergeant, school resource officer/supervisor, patrol sergeant, patrol officer, and narcotics detective.
His experience also includes two years with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office as deputy sheriff and reserve deputy sheriff, and two years with Thurston County Communications handling police/fire dispatch services.
His portfolio includes serving with the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs as accreditation manager, assessor, and mentor and assessor for the Loaned Executive Management Assistance Program (LEMAP).
Eastman’s training includes certifications in emergency management, police internal affairs, crisis intervention, crisis/hostage negotiations, collision reconstruction and diverse leadership skills. He currently serves as a member of the Pierce County Type III Incident Management Team, and has collaborated with Thurston County Department of Emergency Management on initiatives.
Eastman was selected as deputy chief of police following an intensive interview process, including a panel interview with three police chiefs from regional jurisdictions, a panel interview with three City department directors, a meet-and-greet with Police Department employees and union leadership, and final interviews with Chief Elwin and City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto.
“I was drawn by the desire of Chief Elwin, the officers and staff to serve the Mill Creek Community by setting the standard of excellence for a law enforcement agency its size,” said Eastman.
“I’m looking forward to using my experience, my unique work with police agencies across the state, and my commitment to continual improvement to advance the great work already being done.”
On the administrative front, Eastman developed and implemented training programs, policies, and a document management system. He’s driven accreditation initiatives, developed departmental best practices, and mentored internal and external staff.
“Scott was the unanimous front runner with all the panels,” said Polizzotto.
“It was clear that he exhibited what we desire in a deputy chief, including his solid law enforcement experience, his national and regional credentials, as well as his personal alignment with City values. We are confident he will fulfill his responsibilities while inspiring the confidence and trust of the Police Department’s staff, City officials and community members.”
Eastman earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Washington, where he graduated cum laude, and he currently is working through the UW’s Executive Master of Public Administration program.
He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for nearly 29 years and raised three grown children.