Deputy Police Chief Linda Pillo has been appointed interim police chief effective May 3, City Manager Steve Sarkozy announced Thursday.
Pillo will take over for Chief Jim Montgomery, who announced several weeks ago he would be retiring next month.
"I am honored to be appointed as the interim chief," Pillo said. "I have always been an advocate of community policing, and have followed this philosophy throughout my career. The support of our community is such an integral part in the effectiveness of our police department."
Pillo will serve as chief while the city conducts a recruitment process to fill the job on a permanent basis. That process is expected to be complete this fall.
A graduate of Washington State University, Pillo began her career in law enforcement in 1979 as a patrol officer with the Mercer Island force. She came to Bellevue in 1986 as an officer, and held various positions before being appointed a deputy chief in 2004.
Pillo presently serves on the board of trustees for Youth Eastside Services in Bellevue.
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