City of Aberdeen Selects Steve Shumate as New Police Chief

The city of Aberdeen last night appointed Steve Shumate as their new police chief. Shumate was one of two finalists for the position.

He said last night, “Mr. Mayor thank you for selecting me. I know Kevin Darst would have done an outstanding job as well. I’m looking forward to working with Kevin Darst and the rest of the members of the Aberdeen Police Department. I truly am looking forward to serving the citizens of Aberdeen.

Council approved a motion to allow Mayor Erik Larson to sign the contract with Shumate and introduce the new police chief. Shumate continued, “I love my tenure with the Sheriff’s office for the past 29 years. My wife and I are both born and raised harborites and we have a lot of friends and family that live in this community. And again just looking forward to serving the citizens of Aberdeen.”

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Shumate has been with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office for 29 years and leaves an empty Chief Criminal Deputy seat in Montesano as he transitions to Aberdeen Police Chief.

We’ll have the new chief into the station soon to talk about his direction for the department.