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Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett leaving department for new job in Ohio

Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett at the KIRO Radio studios. (Matt Pittman/MyNorthwest)

The City of Bellevue announced Thursday that Police Chief Steve Mylett will be leaving the department to head up Akron, Ohio’s police force.

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Mylett has led the Bellevue Police Department since 2015, culminating in an overhaul of its use-of-force and de-escalation policies this last year.

“It has truly been a privilege to serve the Bellevue community and to work alongside the dedicated and courageous men and women of the Bellevue Police Department,” Mylett said in news release announcing his decision. “It has been my greatest honor to serve as chief of police under the leadership of City Manager Brad Miyake. I am truly conflicted about leaving, but I know I leave the department in good hands and I am proud of the work we have accomplished during my tenure.”

Last September, it was rumored that Mylett might leave Bellevue for a job as chief in Thornton, Colorado, where he was named a finalist after the retirement of the city’s previous police chief, Randy Nelson.

With Mylett instead leaving for Ohio, city leaders have expressed a mix of sadness and support.

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“While I’m personally happy for him, I was also disappointed to learn that Police Chief Steve Mylett will be leaving the City of Bellevue,” City Manager Brad Miyake said. “Steve has done an outstanding job leading the department over the last six years during an unexpectedly turbulent and transformative time. His dedication to public service, community outreach, staffing recruitment and crime reduction efforts have enhanced Bellevue’s reputation as a safe and thriving community. I wish him and his family the best as he transitions to a new city.”

Bellevue will announce plans to appoint an interim chief sometime in the next few days. After that, the city will begin a nationwide search for a successor.

Mylett’s new job as the Akron police chief will begin on Aug. 9.

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