Submitted by the City of Bellingham, written by Janice Keller

The City of Bellingham welcomes new Bellingham Police Chief Rebecca Mertzig, who was formally sworn in to the position at a ceremony on June 2, 2022.  

Bellingham Municipal Court Judge Debra Lev administered the oath of office to Chief Mertzig at a brief ceremony that also included remarks by Mayor Seth Fleetwood, Deputy Chief Don Almer and Chief Mertzig.

“This is such a complete honor and privilege,” Chief Mertzig said. “The men and women of Bellingham have been amazing and welcomed me in already.”

She also recognized the many friends and family members who supported her to achieve this position, including a Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputy with whom she did a ride-along in high school who inspired her to a career in law enforcement.

“It is an honor to be selected as your new Chief,” Mertzig said. “I look forward to continuing the high standard of service provided by the dedicated and professional team at the Bellingham Police Department and I am excited for the opportunity to enhance public safety in my own community.”

In his remarks, Mayor Fleetwood said she is joining “an absolutely exceptional police department made up of highly caring, capable and competent professionals.”

“As we say goodbye to Chief Simon and welcome Chief Mertzig, it is important to note that we are very proud of our police department in Bellingham,” he said.

Deputy Chief Don Almer also warmly welcomed Chief Mertzig at her swearing in ceremony.

“Our agency is excited for her enthusiasm and forward vision,” Deputy Chief Almer said. “She is joining a great department. I know she has had the badge before, but the Bellingham badge is her welcome to our family.”

Mayor Fleetwood will be further introducing Chief Mertzig to the Bellingham City Council and the community at the June 6, 2022, City Council meeting.

“I am eager to introduce her to the community,” he said. “She comes to us with exceptional qualifications. I am impressed with her experience, integrity and enthusiasm to lead the Bellingham Police Department. She is a welcome addition to our City team.”

The Bellingham Police Chief reports to the Mayor and provides leadership and direction to employees who are responsible for law enforcement services in the City of Bellingham. The department currently has 193 budgeted FTEs.

Former Police Chief Flo Simon’s retirement was effective June 1, 2022.

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