Tribe Bids Farewell to Mike Lasnier

Retiring Suquamish Police Chief Mike Lasnier made his final radio call on March  21, signing off as Chief of Police for the last time surrounded by Suquamish Police officers and staff, tribal members, and law enforcement leaders from throughout the area.

After some 35 years in Law Enforcement, much of that in Indian Country – including 20 years as Suquamish Chief of Police – Lasnier announced earlier this month that it was time to focus more on family. Lasnier was wrapped in a blanket by Tribal Elder Barbara Lawrence who also gifted him with a traditional necklace.

“It has been my great honor to serve you these past 20 years as your Chief of Police,” said Lasnier in his farewell statement to the Suquamish Community. While is leaving was bittersweet, he said he was confident he was leaving the Suquamish PD in a better place than when he arrived.

“I am also confident that the men and women who remain here are ready to take the department to the next level. I am excited to see what the next steps will be for the Tribe and the Suquamish Police Department.”

Lasnier was also honored by Tribal Council at a retirement celebration March 22 with government staff. Tribal Chairman Leonard Forsman, who honored Lasnier with a blanket wrapping, thanked him for his many years of service to the tribe.

Executive Director Catherine Edwards and Human Services Director Jamie Gooby, as well as many staff and fellow SPD officers, also offered words of praise and thanks to Lasnier.