Centralia Announces New Chief Of Police

February 28, 2017

City Manager Dan Ramey has announced that Lt. Brian Atchison has been appointed Centralia’s new Chief of Police. Lt. Atchison had assumed the role as Acting Chief of Police since October 1, 2016 when Chief Doug Krutsinger retired.

Chief Atchison, 50, has 27 years of experience as an officer with the Centralia Police Department. Ramey stated that it is ironic that Ramey was on the 3 panel Police Commission who hired Brian in 1990 as a patrolman.

Prior to his appointment as Police Chief, Lt. Atchison served in the positions of patrolman, sergeant, and lieutenant, where he has been Commander of Administration since 2002. His duties have included supervising Centralia Dispatch Center, FOIA Officer, administered Centralia’s public safety 911 PSAP system, supervised field duties of personnel, responded to police calls, member of the High Risk Team, and field training and command officer. He is current on all FEMA training requirements for command officers.

Ramey said “Chief Atchison has years of experience as an officer and a leader that will allow him to understand and implement changes to the challenges and opportunities that Centralia faces.” His combination of professional experience, respect from the community and his officers, and his determination to work as part of a “team” makes him the right person to lead our police force according to Ramey.

Mayor Ashby and City Council support the appointment of Chief Atchison and look forward to a continued pro-active police department to better serve the citizens of Centralia.

Chief Atchison will be sworn in as Chief of Police this Monday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the City Council meeting. Chief Atchison is married to Angie and has 2 children, Zach and Bryce.