Douglas County Sheriff Morris named WASPC president-elect

Unopposed for re-election to second county term

Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris will be the 2023 president of the WASPC. Submitted Photo

BRIDGEPORT – Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris, whose department provides law enforcement services for this city among his many other duties, has been named the president-elect of the board of Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC).

An August 2 WASPC media release said Morris was appointed to the leadership team of the 15-member leadership board by current board president Steve Crown, chief of the Wenatchee Police Department.

Morris was appointed Douglas County Sheriff in July 2018 following the retirement of Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal, for whom he served as undersheriff for four years. Later that year Morris won his first full four-year term as sheriff in the November general election. He is running unopposed for his second term this year.

“We appreciate Sheriff Morris’s leadership on behalf of all law enforcement across the state,” said WASPC executive director Steve Strachan in the media release. “He is well-respected by his fellow chiefs and sheriffs and will become WASPC president in 2023.”

Founded in 1963 WASPC is comprised of more than 900 members including all 39 county sheriffs in the state and 240 police chiefs. Membership also includes representatives from the Washington State Patrol, Washington Department of Corrections, and several federal agencies.

The 1975 legislature made WASPC a legal entity designating the association as "combination of units of local government." (RCW 36.28A.010)

“WASPC provides specific materials and services to both member and non-member law enforcement agencies in the state. It is the only association of its kind in the nation combining representatives from local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement into a single body working toward a common goal,” the release said. To learn more about the WASPC and the services it offers, visit online.


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