Southwest Precinct change of command: Capt. Steve Paulsen leaving, Capt. Joe Kessler returning

December 18, 2012 at 5:45 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 2 Comments

(September 2010 photo of Capts. Kessler & Paulsen, by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
After two years as commander of the Southwest Precinct, Captain Steve Paulsen has just announced he is being reassigned. On January 2nd, he takes over the South Precinct – and his Southwest Precinct predecessor Capt. Joe Kessler returns. Capt. Paulsen says:

I have truly enjoyed my time serving our folks of West Seattle and South Park the past few years. I can easily say that West Seattle is a great place to work and I will greatly miss my officers and residents that I have come to know and care about.

I am looking forward to new challenges with my next assignment. Just as in West Seattle/South Park, the Rainier Valley, Beacon Hill, SODO and Georgetown each has their own identity as neighborhoods and I am excited to develop those relationships as well as those with my South Precinct police officers.

He describes Capt. Kessler – who left in September 2010 after 2 1/2 years to lead the West Precinct and then moved into a special role on the department’s ethics project – as “one of the best captains on the Seattle Police Department.”

2 Comments

  1. Sorry to see Steve leave but happy the department made in good choice in bring Joe back.

    Comment by Star 55 — 6:34 pm December 18, 2012 #

  2. We will greatly miss Captain Steve Paulsen! He has been such a wonderful resource to the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network and an enthusiastic supporter of our efforts.

    Comment by West Seattle Block Watch Captains' Network — 11:55 pm December 19, 2012 #

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