The Aberdeen Police Department has a new Deputy Chief, he’s also a former officer with their department. Chief of Police Steve Shumate said yesterday morning, “Jay Staten, the lieutenant with the Montesano Police Department, he briefly retired [and] thought he would take up his hobby fulltime and then realized he missed law enforcement.”

Deputy Chief Staten started his law enforcement career in 1987 as a reserve deputy with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office. He’s worked with Montesano and Aberdeen police since 1994, and was recognized for his service as a detective with the Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force, which Shumate noted, “He has exceptional experience as it comes to combating illegal drug activities and as I’ve shared many times that is one of my platform items. Jay’s gonna be instrumental in helping foster that.”

Deputy Chief Jay Staten (left) and Chief of Police Steve Shumate (right)

He settled at the Montesano Police Department as a lead patrol officer, then most recently 2nd in command to Police Chief Brett Vance before trying to retire.

Shumate said in a press release that Deputy Chief Staten has over 15 years of experience dealing with major criminal investigations. During his time in the Drug Task Force, Deputy Chief Staten handled various narcotics investigations to include street-level investigations, state and federal level cases, clandestine labs, controlled buys, and undercover operations across multiple states and countries. He was also a member of Aberdeen Police Department’s Critical Response Unit (CRU) and served as a team leader until late last year.

Deputy Chief Staten has many recognitions over the years that include Pacific County Officer of the Year in 1990 and The Daily World Police Officer of the Year award in 2009. He was also the recipient for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Regional Award for outstanding investigations 2009-2010.

Shumate added, “I am excited to have Deputy Chief Staten as part of our APD family. He is a highly respected and hardworking law enforcement officer. His initial duties will be to oversee Support Services and Corrections. Among his many duties, he will be instrumental in helping facilitate our Pro-Act Team. This team will be focused on combatting illegal drug activity throughout the city.”