WEST SEATTLE POLICE: Southwest Precinct to get new commander

The Southwest Precinct is changing commanders. Captain Kevin Grossman, who has been leading the West Seattle/South Park precinct since July of last year, tells WSB he is being transferred to lead the North Precinct as of November 1st. Captain Martin Rivera, who Grossman says has been a night-duty captain – a role that serves the entire city – will be taking over. Grossman says, “I had hoped to remain in West Seattle to see the reopening of the West Seattle Bridge, and to meet more folks as the pandemic recedes, but alas, that was not to be. In any case, I have certainly enjoyed my time in West Seattle. The strong, vibrant neighborhoods and the interested and supportive residents make this a great place to be.” He adds that newly appointed Operations Lieutenant Dorothy Kim – the second-in-command – will remain in that role, “which will also maintain the stability of the precinct.”

3 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE POLICE: Southwest Precinct to get new commander"

  • Deb Barker October 11, 2021 (1:06 pm)

    Captain Grossman – Thank you for your leadership and compassion at the SW Precinct during this past year +. You did a great job coming up to speed on the myriad of West Seattle/South Park issues and you were a very welcome presence in the community.  The Morgan Community Association wishes you the best in the North Precinct, and we send a hearty Hello to incoming Captain Rivera. Morgan Community Association  (MoCA)

  • Bill October 11, 2021 (3:24 pm)

    A little over a year in the position and moving about 3 months after it was revealed he was one of three decision makers to abandon East Precinct.  Is that right WSB?  Any reason for the transfer or was it requested? Or maybe just the fondly remembered bridge?

    • WSB October 11, 2021 (4:56 pm)

      Don’t know. His overall note did not sound as if it was requested but that would just be my interpretation. If anything, this could be seen as a promotion, as the North Precinct has more than double the staff of the Southwest Precinct. The current North Precinct captain has been in that role for an even shorter time than his about-to-be-successor – TR

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