Office of the Chief

The Office of the Chief provides general management, direction, and control for the entire department. This division oversees the strategic plan and partnerships, long-range planning, and hiring.

John Dyer joined the Lake Stevens Police Department in 2016, after being Chief of Police in Rifle Colorado. Chief Dyer leads the department of 33 Commissioned Officers and 8 noncommissioned employees, who carry out law enforcement operations within the City of Lake Stevens.

Chief Dyer started his career as a Patrol Officer in Oak Harbor, where he stayed for 28 years, working his way to Patrol Commander. He then took the position as Chief of Police in Rifle Colorado, where he stayed for four years before accepting the position of Chief of Police in Lake Stevens in 2016. 

In his 38-year career, in both Washington State and Colorado, Chief Dyer has served in a number of roles, giving him a well-rounded base of experience. Chief Dyer graduated from Ashley University with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and from American Public University with a master’s degree in Management. He also attended the FBI National Academy in 2011 and has been awarded the Trilogy Award from the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. Chief Dyer also holds Executive Certification in both Colorado and Washington

Chief Dyer's philosophy centers around community involvement and partnerships. He has been active in both professional and community-based organizations. Some examples are:

  • Board of Directors for Snohomish 911
  • Lake Stevens Rotary
  • Rifle Community Fund board
  • Founding Board President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County
  • Oak Harbor School Board

This focus has helped him build strong connections within the community and in building and maintaining relationships across all of Lake Stevens' many neighborhoods, community stakeholders, and community groups. Chief Dyer believes in actively engaging the community to set priorities, sustain open lines of communication, and maintain transparency. 

Chief Dyer is married to his amazing wife Peggy, and between them, they have five daughters and seven grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family, as well as woodworking and hiking.

Police Department Budget and Strategic Plan

Click here for the 2021 Police Department Budget spreadsheet and click here for the 2019-2022 Police Department Strategic Plan

Photo of LSPD Chief Dyer