Greene can see a future as Snohomish County SheriffExperience and commitment may hold the key Tom Greene has an impressive background in criminology and public service and his hope this election year is to prove that he’s the man for the job of Snohomish County Sheriff.
Greene knew at an early age that he wanted to spend his life in law enforcement and dedicated himself to working his way through California State University Long Beach earning his degree in Criminology. That was in 1972.
He was quickly hired by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department where he worked for 10 years before moving to Snohomish County in 1982. While serving in Los Angeles, he also earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
He joined the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office where he worked his way up to Bureau Chief, where he currently serves.
“Being Bureau Chief is comparable to being the CFO of a company,” Greene says. But he reiterates the fact that he has been a street cop, a detective and served in other administrative duties throughout his career.
In 1995, Greene was approached about running for Sheriff but he didn’t feel that he was ready to take the helm at that time.
“I believe in adequate and good prep for the job and I didn’t feel, at the time, I had the right credentials,” he said.
After a little more experience and completing the FBI National Academy in the summer of 2000, he felt he was ready.
“I am committed to serving this community and I am more committed now than ever,” Greene said.
One major item he would like to accomplish as Sheriff is to teach crime prevention by creating more block and neighborhood watch programs, working in schools and with the media and to reinstate crime prevention specialists in the county.
“I would like to focus on the 20 percent of crooks who do 80 percent of the crime by making sure they go to jail, leave the county or change their ways,” Greene said. “Right now, we are able to identify our most harmful criminals.”
Greene would like to implement the use of more technology to help the Sheriff’s Department cut down on crime.
“I would like to invest in technology so we work smarter and faster,” he said. “I know it takes money to get the technology but it will save money in the long run.”
He has a long list of endorsements including Lake Stevens Police Chief Randy Celori, Lake Stevens City Council member, Heather Coleman and the current County Sheriff, Rick Bart.
“I support Tom because he has the experience and education to administer the very large budget and complex issues facing law enforcement today,” Coleman said.
Greene is passionate about his job and after 35 years in the law enforcement business he still looks forward to getting up and going to work everyday.
“I love going to work and making a difference in people’s lives it’s a passion,” he said.
For a list of endorsements or for more information about Greene and his campaign you can visit his website at www.greeneforsheriff.org.