Chelan sheriff’s chief gets nod to lead East Wenatchee police

Rick Johnson, right, with Chelan County Sheriff's Sgt. Adam Musgrove. Johnson, the Chelan County chief of patrol, got a provisional offer Thursday to become chief of the East Wenatchee Police Department.

EAST WENATCHEE — Mayor Jerrilea Crawford said she’s offered the job of chief of police to Rick Johnson, currently the Chelan County Sheriff’s chief of patrol.

The hiring would have to be approved by the East Wenatchee City Council at its April 21 meeting.

Rick Johnson

Johnson was one of two finalists forwarded to Crawford this week, alongside Dan Christman, a program manager for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. The finalists were narrowed down from a field of 20 initial applicants by the recruitment firm Prothman.

Johnson lives in Douglas County and has worked for Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett since 2016. He previously worked as a Wenatchee Police Department officer from 2003 to 2016, including three years as sergeant.

“He is well connected with our community and has a passion to serve and be a part of our East Wenatchee team,” Crawford said in a press statement. “Rick is the right choice for East Wenatchee.”