Chief David Doll
The Bellingham Police Department's Command Staff consists of:
Chief David Doll started with BPD in 1980 as an explorer cadet and was hired as a commissioned officer in 1984. Doll has been a Deputy Chief for the past 12 years. Doll's experience includes patrol, K9, school resource officer, investigations, organizational/field training, bicycle patrol, and first-level and middle management leadership. He has served as Deputy Director of the City's 911 Center and as Emergency Manager, and he was awarded a departmental medal of valor while in K9. Doll is a life-long Whatcom County resident and attended Sehome High School, Whatcom Community College, WWU and Columbia College. He also is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command.
Deputy Chief Scott Grunhurd oversees Services.
Deputy Chief Florence Simon oversees Operations.
Lieutenant Don Almer oversees Special Operations.
Lieutenant Chad Cristelli oversees Patrol Units.
Lieutenant Robert Vander Yacht oversees the Outreach Officers in the Community.
Lieutenant Danette Beckley oversees the Investigation Units.
Lieutenant Jason Monson oversees the Office of Professional Responsibility.
Lieutenant Claudia Murphy is the Public Information Officer.
Records manager Erin Herschlip oversees the Records Bureau.
Deputy Director Greg Erickson oversees the WhatComm 911 Dispatch Center.
Renee Firos the glue that holds it all together.
This staff consists of a unique group of people that are responsible for smaller units within the Police Department. Each staff member is responsible for the day to day operations and vitality of that unit.
Chief Doll and the Command Staff are proud of the new Mission Statement of "Committed to Community". Bellingham is a wonderful City with a Police Department that is committed to its community from the Command Staff to the Patrol Officers.