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Chief Marcia Harnden

Chief Harnden comes to the Albany Police Department after more than 25 years of service with the Bellevue Police Department in Washington State. She served in many different specialty units at Bellevue Police and has extensive management and labor experience. Her command experience has been in Patrol, Traffic, Investigations, Narcotics, Human Trafficking, SWAT and Crisis Response. Her focus in on strengthening community partnerships and building trusted relationships to not only reduce crime but reduce the fear of crime. Chief Harnden holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington and Master’s Degree in Organizational and Applied Leadership from City University of Seattle. She is honored to serve the people of Albany and the men and women who work at the Albany Police Department.  

The administrative support staff includes an Administrative Supervisor and two Confidential Administrative Assistants.  Under the Chief’s direction, Administration prepares and administers the annual budgets of over $17 million dollars; provides internal human resources, personnel development, and payroll services; purchases equipment and uniforms; manages accounts payable; administers grants; and is the police liaison with the Public Safety Commission.

The eight-member Public Safety Commission is appointed by the City Council and advises the Council on matters pertaining to funding, operation, maintenance, facilities and other aspects of the Albany Police and Fire departments. Its mission is to help public safety departments maintain high standards and deliver the highest quality emergency safety services to the residents of Albany.

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