Redmond lieutenant hired to be SPD captain
July 5, 2012
By Michele Mihalovich
Correction: this story originally stated Almquist was from the Renton Police Department. He came from the Redmond Police Department, and the story is now correct.
Mayor Matt Larson swore in the Snoqualmie Police Department’s newest member at the June 25 City Council meeting.
Nick Almquist, a lieutenant with the Redmond Police Department, will assume the SPD captain spot formerly held by Steve McCulley. McCulley took over the department’s top position, vacated by retiring chief Jim Schaffer, July 1.
Almquist, born and raised in Spokane, earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Spokane Community College and was a U.S. Air National Guard veteran, who served as a security police officer.
He was a patrol and D.A.R.E. officer for the Moscow, Idaho, Police Department, and in 1995, was hired as a patrol officer by the Redmond Police Department.
Between 1998 and 2006, he also held positions as motor officer, field trainer and hostage negotiator. In 2006, he was promoted to lieutenant.
McCulley said in an email after the meeting that Almquist and his wife would probably continue to live in Monroe until their children graduate from school there.
“I feel very fortunate to have been able to hire Captain Almquist from the Redmond Police Department,” McCulley said. “We share very similar policing philosophies and he is very committed to proactive community policing, which is one of the top priorities of the Snoqualmie Police Department.”