The Bellingham Police Department’s Command Staff consists of:
Interim Chief Flo Simon was hired as a commissioned officer by BPD in 1989 and rose through the ranks to become Deputy Chief in 2008. She has served in that capacity for the past 12 years. Her experiences within the department include patrol, special investigations, field training officer, DARE officer, bicycle patrol, investigations, and first-level and middle management leadership. Interim Chief Simon served as a BPD Crisis Negotiator for many years and during several of her assignments. Interim Chief Simon is the first woman to achieve the rank of sergeant, lieutenant, deputy chief and now chief in the Bellingham Police Department since its inception. Interim Chief Simon attended North Thurston High School, WWU and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (FBINA.) She is the treasurer for the FBINA Washington Chapter and has an important part in the recruitment of attendees to the National Academy. Interim Chief Simon currently serves as a board member of Bellingham Public School Foundation and the Whatcom Community Foundation, as well as being a member of the Bellingham Bay Rotary Club.
Deputy Chief Scott Grunhurd oversees Services.
Lieutenant Don Almer oversees Special Operations.
Lieutenant Keith Johnson oversees Patrol Units.
Lieutenant David Crass oversees the Outreach Officers in the Community.
Lieutenant Chad Cristelli oversees the Investigation Units.
Lieutenant Jason Monson oversees the Office of Professional Responsibility.
Lieutenant Claudia Murphy is the Public Information Officer.
Records manager Erin Herschlip oversees the Records Bureau.
Deputy Director Greg Erickson oversees the WhatComm 911 Dispatch Center.
Administrative Coordinator Renee Firos manages the many duties associated with this command staff.
This staff consists of a unique group of people that are responsible for smaller units within the police department. Each staff member is responsible for the day to day operations and vitality of that unit.
Interim Chief Simon and the command staff are proud of our mission statement of “Committed to Community.” Bellingham is a wonderful city with a police department which is committed to its community from the command staff to the patrol officers.