It is obvious that Granite Falls Police Chief Dennis Taylor is a man of few words as he addresses the crowd after his swearing in last Friday, April 15.
However, it is also obvious that Taylor is excited with his new job and has the support of the city and his comrades at the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department.
The Eagle’s Club in Granite Falls was packed with well-wishers, elected officials, friends and fellow police officers each offering pats on the back and congratulations to the newly endorsed chief.
“It’s overwhelming to see the turn-out,” Taylor said. “I am very privileged to be the Police Chief.”
Mayor Haroon Saleem performed the swearing in and expressed his gratitude at Taylor’s acceptance of the job
“I have no doubt in my mind that he (Taylor) is going to do an excellent job,” the mayor said. “We have the same ideas for the growth and future of Granite Falls.”
Taylor has been serving as interim police chief for the last seven months under a contract with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department where Taylor was a deputy. It quickly became apparent that Taylor was well suited to the job as Police Chief in Granite Falls and within three days time a five-year contract was signed by Taylor and the City.
“I started getting calls from almost every councilmember that we needed to hire him. He is doing a great job,” the mayor said. “All of the councilmembers and members of the public and the police department really wanted him to stay.”