City of Yakima

The city of Yakima named the five finalists for the Yakima police chief position on Thursday.

Three hail from California, one comes from Washington, and one is from Colorado. The candidates are Jason Horton, Michael Lester, Darrell Lowe, Matthew Murray, and Donald Treat.

The candidates are participating in panel interviews with law enforcement, police union staff, city staff members, and community members on Thursday. Two “meet and greets” are scheduled Friday: one with the Yakima Police Department and

a second with the public, scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the south foyer of the Yakima Convention Center.


Information shared about the police chief candidates, per city press release, in alphabetical order:


In January, Horton was named director of the California Code Enforcement Department in Riverside County, California. He served with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department since 1993 in various roles, including as captain and chief deputy sheriff.


Lester is the assistant police chief in Vancouver, Washington. He joined the Vancouver Police Department in 1992, where he served as a special operations division commander and a drug task force detective sergeant, among other roles.


Lowe is the interim captain of police for the Criminal Investigations Division in Santa Monica Police Department in California. He joined the department in 1993, where he served as a lieutenant of police and as an executive officer to the deputy chief of police, among other roles.


Murray is a police lieutenant for the Denver Police Department. He joined the department in 1991, where he served as a deputy chief of police-chief of staff, police commander and detective in the department’s major crimes division. 


Treat is the assistant special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Los Angeles, California. He joined the FBI in 1998, where he served as an assistant section chief in McLean, Virginia, and as an assistant legal attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, among other roles.

Police Chief Candidates in Yakima Thursday and Friday

March 19, 2019

By Randy Beehler

Five candidates for the Yakima police chief position will be in Yakima this Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd to participate in a series of interviews and two “Meet & Greet” sessions – one with Yakima Police Department (YPD) staff and one with community members.

The names of the five applicants in the interview pool will be released on Thursday. A total of 23 people applied for the chief position.  With the assistance of a search firm specializing in law enforcement recruitments, City Manager Cliff Moore narrowed the field to the applicants that have been invited to Yakima for interviews.  

“The five candidates that have been invited to the first round of interviews have a broad range of law enforcement experience and have served in a variety of positions throughout their careers,” said Moore.  “I’m confident that each is a strong candidate and could serve well as the next Yakima police chief.”

On March 22nd from 5:30 to 7:30, the candidates will participate in a “Meet & Greet” with the public in the south foyer of the Yakima Convention Center.

The Yakima police chief oversees a department that includes about 190 total employees with a budget for over $30 million. 

Diversity in Construction Trades Event: Apprenticeship Pathways to Construction Careers

Diversity in Construction Trades Event: Apprenticeship Pathways to Construction Careers

WHEN: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 5:30pm-8pm

WHERE: NewHolly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98118

COST: Event is Free and open to all

SPACE IS LIMITED: Register today @


$22/hr average starting wage+benefits for local commercial construction trades apprentices!


Construction experience Not required!


Come meet and hear directly from construction apprentices, employers, and apprenticeship programs about opportunities for more People of Color, Women, and Youth to enter our local commercial construction workforce through apprenticeship.



·         10+ Free Construction Trades Apprenticeships & Pre-Apprenticeships

·         Priority Hire & Construction Industry Employer Panel

·         Apprentice & Journeyworker Diversity Panel

·         Community Partners & Resource Providers

·         King County Priority Hire Program

·         Hot Food will be served!


Event Partners

·         King County

·         ANEW

·         WorkSource Seattle-King County

·         HomeSight/Othello Square

·         Seattle Housing Authority JobLink

·         Port of Seattle

·         Communities of Opportunity

Last call for applications to join WASCLA's Board of Directors!

If you have been planning to submit your application, but haven't do so yet, there is still time: applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20. 

We are seeking candidates who support WASCLA's mission to eliminate language barriers to essential services throughout Washington and value our contributions to the community including the annual WASCLA Summit; Language Access Update calls; the Interpreter & Translator Directory; multilingual ISpeak cards; and who want to take an active role in our information-sharing and advocacy efforts.  

We welcome you to join us to help continue this important work.

 Invitation to Join WASCLA Board of Directors 

The WASCLA Elections Committee is seeking candidates to apply to join the WASCLA Board of Directors, for 2-year terms to begin on April 1, 2019.

Applications are due no later than Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Why Join the the WASCLA Board of Directors?

To carry out our mission of eliminating language barriers to essential services in Washington State through collaborative efforts, WASCLA seeks Board members to engage in our education and advocacy work.  WASCLA works at the policy level to ensure that language access is available in all service sectors including education, health, legal and courts, emergency services, and more. While we are not a direct service organization, we serve the broader community by hosting the annual WASCLA Summit, Washington's only conference dedicated to language access; monthly opens calls on language access issues; and a free Interpreter and Translator Directory on our website. The members of our working Board of Directors serve the organization by sharing their skills and expertise to help WASCLA make a real difference in ensuring that our state is a place where all can thrive. Washington’s strengths are rooted in our increasingly diverse population, but current challenges facing refugees and immigrants, now 14% of our state population, make WASCLA’s work more critical than ever. WASCLA also works in partnership with other organizations to ensure communication access for Deaf and DeafBlind communities to essential programs and services. 

Board members have the opportunity to work with leading state and national language access and policy experts, and have an important impact on the availability of communication services in Washington State and beyond. Board service offers opportunities for networking with like-minded organizations and also for individual professional growth. We welcome you to join us!


Eligibility for joining the Board of Directors:

Board members must be members of WASCLA. Everyone who subscribes to WASCLA’s email distribution list and supports our social justice mission is considered a member of WASCLA. If you regularly receive our emails, then you are already a member. If you would like to join WASCLA, please send an email to:

with the word MEMBERSHIP in the subject line, and your request to be added to the WASCLA distribution list.

Valuable skills for Board candidates include basic knowledge of immigration and disability rights issues, as well as background in diverse disciplines, civic engagement, nonprofit management, communications, and fundraising. Fluency in language(s) other than English is a plus but is not required.  What counts most is support for our mission and the ability to make a commitment to help WASCLA thrive.

What’s Involved with Board Service?

Each board member commits to participating in monthly board meetings and in the work of at least one committee or function. At present, WASCLA is run by an all-volunteer board, and members of the board of directors should expect to spend an average of ten (10) hours per month on behalf of WASCLA, including leading one major area of our policy work and/or organizational operations. Participation in more than one function is welcome too!  We encourage geographic diversity on the board; we meet in person and remotely. Some availability during standard business hours is strongly encouraged, although certain tasks can be done behind the scenes to fit around other daily commitments.

To learn more about the commitment that WASCLA Board members make to the organization, please read the WASCLA Board Member Agreement, available here.


How to Apply:

Nominate yourself: if you are interested in serving on WASCLA’s board, the application process is easy. You have two ways to apply:
 1) if you have a Gmail account, use our online application submission form. Please submit by March 20, 2019. 

2) if you do not have a Gmail account or you would rather download and email your submission, use  this form and return it by March 20, 2019 by sending it to, subject BOARD.

Nomination of others: Suggestions for potential nominees are welcome; however, please do not nominate anyone without their prior approval. Instead, if there is someone you think would be a good addition to WASCLA’s board, please share this announcement and encourage them to apply.

Further Information or Questions:

If you have other questions or want more information, please email your questions to, subject BOARD, and a WASCLA board member will contact you.

PS. If you are unable to become a board candidate now, there are many other ways you can get involved with WASCLA’s work, including committees, projects and support functions.

We welcome people interested in policy work in all fields to join our committees, as well as those who can provide needed operations assistance in communications, event planning, technology, fundraising, grant writing, research, and more. Please contact us at so we can discuss current opportunities with you.

Thank you,

WASCLA Board of Directors



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