Chief of Tulalip Tribal Police
Chief Chris Sutter was administered the oath of office as the Tulalip Tribes Chief of Police on September 24, 2018. Chief Sutter’s career in law enforcement began in 1986. He came to the Tulalip Tribes after serving as the Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Vancouver, Washington where he served for over 26 years. Chief Sutter brings extensive experience in leading complex law enforcement operations and programs including patrol, investigations, special operations, administration, professional standards, finance and logistics, and leading multiple regional task forces.
Chief Sutter has a strong personal commitment to integrating community policing and community outreach to proactively reduce crime and solve problems. The Tulalip Tribal Police Department places an emphasis on building trust and providing open lines of communication with the community while providing exceptional service to meet the needs and priorities of the Tulalip Tribes and its members. Chief Sutter is committed to upholding and protecting the Tulalip Tribes sovereignty and treaty rights.
Chief Sutter holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University-Bakersfield. He is also a graduate of the Public Safety Leadership Development Program Command College from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, a graduate from the Northwest Law Enforcement Executive Command College, a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, a graduate from the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and a graduate from the Senior Management Institute for Police at the Police Executive Research Forum.
Chief Sutter and his wife, Sue Tso Sutter (Dine-Navajo), are the parents of four children. The Sutter family enjoys spending time together, gardening, outdoor activities, fishing, visiting family and friends on the Navajo Reservation, and attending tribal gatherings and events.
Fish & Wildlife Commander
Commander Myers began his career with Tulalip Fish & Wildlife in 1982. In 2001, the Fish & Wildlife Enforcement moved under the newly formed Tulalip Tribal Police Department.
Tulalip Fish & Wildlife patrols Tulalip’s usual and accustomed fishing and hunting areas. These areas extend from South Puget Sound to Blaine and total over 25,000 square miles. Over the years, Commander Myers has conducted numerous search and rescue missions, pulled distressed people from the water, assisted fishermen, and located lost fishermen and recreational individuals. He also routinely works with other tribal fisheries enforcement divisions to protect tribal treaty rights.
Investigations & Patrol Commander
Commander Williams began his law enforcement career in 1995 with the City of Darrington. He started working for the Tulalip Tribal Police Department when the Tulalip Tribes retroceded in 2001.
Commander Williams has held positions as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Emergency Response Team Officer, Fish and Wildlife Officer, Criminal Investigations Detective, School Resource Officer, Drug Task Force Detective, FBI Safe Trails Task Force, Patrol Sergeant and Drug Task Force Sergeant, worked on the Snohomish County Auto Theft Task Force, Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor, Less Lethal Impact Projectiles Instructor, and an assignment to the Mountain Bike Patrol Team.
Commander Williams finds that working in law enforcement is one of the only careers where you can interact with people when they are in their best and worst times of times in their life.
Prior to joining the Tulalip Tribal Police Department, Commander Williams worked at the Tulalip Resort Casino in the security department and in the Tribal Gaming Agency as a Regulatory Inspector.
Commander Williams is a member of the Tulalip Tribes. He has spent most of his adult life serving the Tulalip community. Commander Williams believes in protecting the Tulalip Tribes sovereignty and treaty rights. Commander Williams does this by remembering the teachings of our elders, that with leadership and continued education we will ensure the success of the Tulalip Tribes and will ultimately make it a safer place for the community.