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Ferndale Police Chief Knapp to retire

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Ferndale Police Chief Michael Knapp. Photo courtesy of Michael Knapp

The rumors have been officially confirmed, Ferndale Police Chief Knapp will be retiring.

According to an announcement on the City of Ferndale website, Chief Knapp submitted his official letter of resignation earlier this month. He will retire at the end of the year.

“I have lived and been all over the United States and Ferndale is, by far, the kindest place I have ever been,” said Knapp. “There are a special kind of people, and I’m honored to have been part of this community.”

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Knapp told Discover Ferndale this was no easy decision since he valued being able to work with “such great people and officers.” “But I celebrate my 76th birthday next week and I guess it is time,” said Knapp. He noted he felt very fortunate to retire on his terms.

Knapp has been Ferndale’s Police Chief since 2005 after replacing Chief Dale Baker. According to Knapp’s profile on the Ferndale Police Department website,

He [Knapp] was appointed a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1971 and was promoted into the Senior Executive Service as the Deputy Chief, Office of Public and Congressional Affairs, FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C., from which he retired in 1997.

He is a former police officer with the Milpitas, California Police Department and a Deputy Sheriff with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Knapp was Chief of Police for the City of Medina, Washington between 1998 and 2003.

Knapp says he will spend the initial days of his retirement setting up a recently purchased home in Ferndale with his wife.



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Joe Beaulaurier
Joe Beaulaurier
Beaulaurier is the founder of My Ferndale News. As a Ferndale resident, he hopes to empower the community with free access to news that matters and makes a difference in the day-to-day challenges faced while we work and live in the Ferndale area.

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