Lieutenant Rick Sucee retires

42+ years of service as police officer

February 05, 2016 - by Lt. Bob Vander Yacht

​Bellingham, WA 

After 42+ years of serving our community Rick Sucee has retired! 

Rick was hired by the Bellingham Police Department in 1974. He spent the first 10 years of his career in patrol serving in a variety of assignments including traffic enforcement and crime scene investigations.  Rick held the rank of Corporal prior to being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1984. 

For the last 25 years Rick has held the rank of Lieutenant.  As a member of our command staff he has served as Commander of Patrol and the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force, as well as our Investigations and Special Investigations Divisions.  For three years he served as the Assistant Director of What-Comm which provides 911 emergency dispatch services for many agencies within Whatcom County.

Rick is very community-minded and spent many years working with the Chamber of Commerce planning the Ski to Sea (Blossomtime) Parade.  In 2014 Rick was awarded the coveted position of Grand Marshal for the parade!  Prior to that you were likely to have seen Rick marching in the parade with the Bellingham High School Alumni Band.

For as long as most of us remember, Rick was very active with the Bellingham Police Association, which is a benevolent group that has lent support to countless youth and community functions.  If you attended a Circus Gatti event in Bellingham, or at the Lynden Fairgrounds, you can thank Rick for his planning and coordination efforts.

Prior to employment with the City of Bellingham Rick served our country as a member of the United States Air Force.  He is still quite active as a member of a local chapter of the American Legion.

We are thankful to Rick, and all of our officers, for their dedication and commitment to community.



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​Bob Vander Yacht, Lieutenant
Bellingham Police Department

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