King County Council honors retiring SeaTac Police Chief Jim Graddon

The King County Council on Monday (April 22) recognized the distinguished career of SeaTac Police Chief Jim Graddon, who is retiring at the end of April (we were first to report it here).

Here’s what the council released:

Recognizing a law enforcement career that spans four decades, the Metropolitan King County Council today honored Major Jim Graddon for his work for the people of King County. Major Graddon has served 39 years in law enforcement, including the past 34 years with the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Major Graddon has worked in numerous roles in law enforcement. Since 2007 he has served as Major in the Sheriff’s Office and Chief of Police for the city of SeaTac. He also serves as Commander of the Sheriff Office’s Southwest Precinct, which covers unincorporated areas throughout southwest King County and the contract cities of Burien and SeaTac.

Graddon announced his retirement in January and will formally retire from his post with the Sheriff’s Office and the city of SeaTac at the end of April.

“In addition to keeping King County safe, Major Graddon has had a tremendous impact upon communities in King County, especially South King County,” said Council Vice Chair Julia Patterson, who represents part of SeaTac and Burien on the County Council. “His involvement in issues such as youth violence prevention and ending human trafficking are a testament to his willingness to engage with communities to develop solutions. He has made King County a better place, and I wish him well in retirement.”

“Major Graddon is what we hope all our law enforcement officers are. He knows and respects the community he serves. He is dedicated to making King County a safer place to live, work and play. His retirement is a loss to King County, but it is well-deserved,” said Councilmember Joe McDermott, who represents North Highline on the County Council.

Graddon had a significant role in the investigation of one the most notorious criminal cases in the nation’s history – the Green River Killer case. He worked on various aspects of the case, including serving as Commander of the Green River Task Force, where through interviews with Gary Ridgway, Graddon helped gain information to locate the remains of victims. This information helped bring closure for families affected by the crimes.

A native of South King County, Graddon is a graduate of Burien’s Kennedy High School. He has served on many committees and South King County community organizations during his law enforcement tenure.

A young Jim Graddon dressed up as a cop.

WHEREAS, Jim Graddon has served the public with distinction during his 39-year career in law enforcement, including the last 34 years with the King County Sheriff’s Office; and

WHEREAS, Jim Graddon has served in various roles in the Sheriff’s Office, including being promoted to the rank of Major, being selected as Precinct Commander of the Southwest Precinct, and appointed Chief of Police for the City of SeaTac in 2007; and

WHEREAS, by upholding integrity and honor throughout his career, Major Graddon has consistently garnered the trust of King County residents and helped keep our communities safe; and

WHEREAS, Major Graddon’s work has helped to bring justice and closure for victims of crime and their families, including his instrumental role in the case of the Green River Killer; and

WHEREAS, throughout his career in law enforcement, Major Graddon has led with his values, addressing victims of human trafficking with compassion and supporting youth violence prevention efforts; and

WHEREAS, King County residents have benefited from Major Graddon’s genuine character, passion for improving local communities, intuition, and intellect;

NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Metropolitan King County Council, hereby recognize


for his dedication and excellence, exemplified by his many years of service in law enforcement, and wish him a very happy retirement.

DATED this twenty-second day of April, 2013.


6 Responses to “King County Council honors retiring SeaTac Police Chief Jim Graddon”
  1. Rebecca Lopes says:

    Thank you Major Graddon for all you have done for your community. You will be sorely missed. You have been one of the few who would go out and walk among the people you served. Enjoy your retirement it is well deserved!!

    Our best to you,
    Andre and Rebecca Lopes

  2. pam f says:

    I became a ‘fan’ of Chief Graddon after attending the Citizen Police Academy and then working on a National Coalition Building Institute team with him for a year.

    I partnered with him to provide neighborhood crime prevention information and meetings working through Neighbors Without Borders Action Committee and then worked with him when I became a council member.

    Reasonable, just, firm, honest and knowledgeable in his trade, I want Chief Graddon on my team anytime!

    I am pleased to have been able to learn from Chief and will miss his smiling face around city hall.

    All the best to Chief Graddon–the whole wide world is out there for you to explore now that you have ‘retired.’ 🙂

  3. Heidi Johnson says:

    Congrats! Enjoy your retirement.

  4. Doris Cassan says:

    You are a class act. Your sincerity, your calmness, your dedication to justice and equality to all is and example to us all. Blessings to you and your lovely wife and family. James and I wish to you the very best. dc

  5. Erin Sitterley says:

    Thank you, Chief, for everything you have done for our community. Thank you for always responding to the smallest of requests or questions from our citizens. ENJOY your retirement and know that you will be missed!

    Tom and I wish you and your family the best.

  6. Cindy Gailey says:

    To have the police chief stop in my driveway and talk to me over the years was the best example of community involvement by the police force. I enjoyed watching him show off his cruiser to the kids (young and old) during our Neighbors Night Out meet and greets. He will be missed though, I know he will stay involved somehow in SeaTac. Best Wishes.