City Attorney Grant Weed swore in Lieutenant (Lt.) Keith Rogers as the City’s new Chief of Police during the September 19 City Council meeting. Chief Rogers replaces Lieutenant John Flood who was recently promoted to Captain in the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Captain John Flood, who had served as the Snohomish Police Chief for more than five years, as well as many of Chief Rogers’s colleagues in the Sheriff’s Office, attended the swearing-in ceremony. Capt. Flood received a standing ovation from the City Council, staff and audience for his service to the community.
Lt. Rogers started his law enforcement career with the Mountlake Terrace Police Department in 1991 as a Police Explorer. At Mountlake Terrace, Lt. Rogers moved on to become a Police Cadet, a Reserve Police Officer, and finally a full-time Police Officer. He had the opportunity to voluntarily serve as the Lead Explorer Post Advisor when he coordinated two successful outreach programs which focused on engaging youth with positive police interactions after school and during summer break. Lt. Rogers also served as a Field Training Officer, Motorcycle Traffic Officer, and as a member of the South County Regional Riot Team.
In 2002, Lt. Rogers left the Mountlake Terrace Police Department to pursue opportunities with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. He has worked at all three precincts as a Patrol Deputy, Field Trainer, Master Patrol Deputy, and Patrol Sergeant. As a supervisor with the Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Rogers has had responsibility for the Civil Disturbance Unit and the K9 Unit. He has also served as a sergeant in Stanwood and Darrington, two of the cities that contract with the Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.
Lt. Rogers has spent the past four years leading the Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF). This is a multi-jurisdictional group made up of U.S. Marshal Service, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, and Department of Corrections. The VOTF is responsible for tracking down the most serious offenders in our communities. Under the leadership of Lt. Rogers, the VOTF has enjoyed tremendous success.
He has also been responsible for the Registered Sex Offender Address Verification Unit, which is comprised of law enforcement personnel from the Sheriff’s Office and the Everett Police Department. After such a varied and accomplished career working the streets of Snohomish County, Lt. Rogers was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and in January 2017 was selected to serve in the demanding but rewarding Watch Commander position for night-time patrol operations.