By Senators Talmadge, Bauer, Rinehart, Williams, Drew, Spanel, Snyder, A. Smith, Ludwig, Loveland, McAuliffe, Franklin, Haugen, Hargrove, Owen, Vognild, Moore and McDonald


         WHEREAS,  Patrick Fitzsimons has been Chief of Police in Seattle since 1979; and


         WHEREAS, Chief Fitzsimons is retiring after fifteen years as police chief; and


         WHEREAS, The average tenure for a police chief in a major United States city is only three and one-half years; and


         WHEREAS, Chief Fitzsimons' tenure as Chief of Police in Seattle is the longest in the city's history; and


         WHEREAS, Chief Fitzsimons is credited with creating a police force that is recognized as one of the best in the nation; and


         WHEREAS, Chief Fitzsimons is respected for innovations like the bicycle patrol and community policing and his work at the national level of police organizations; and


         WHEREAS, Chief Fitzsimons has participated in church and community groups, not just as police chief but as a citizen of Seattle;


         NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Senate recognize and honor Patrick Fitzsimons for his accomplishments as Chief of Police in Seattle; and


         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the President of the Senate to Chief Fitzsimons.


I, Marty Brown, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 1994-8679,

adopted by the Senate March 3, 1994.





Secretary of the Senate