LOCAL NEWS

Trial date for Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer set for July 2022

Dec 3, 2021, 8:07 PM | Updated: Dec 6, 2021, 11:54 am
Troyer, Pierce County...
Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer will stand trial on July 11, 2022, for two misdemeanor charges.

In October 2021, Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Office filed charges of false reporting and making a false statement to law enforcement against Troyer, who earlier this year called law enforcement on a Black newspaper carrier in his neighborhood, claiming to have been threatened.

Troyer has pleaded not guilty to all charges. If convicted, Sheriff Troyer faces up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

This comes as Troyer’s own department is struggling to hire new officers.

Seattle City Council rejects using officer exodus savings on SPD hiring, retention

Sgt. Darren Moss Jr., the department’s public information officer, said that with 40 open positions, the department has about twice as many vacancies as a typical year. It is not a problem of people leaving so much as a struggle to recruit new people to replace the retirees.

“The biggest issue hasn’t been, so much, those resignations and retirements — because we lose, on average, about 25 people every year — but we’ve only hired 11 hires for the year,” Moss said.

However, Moss does not believe the recruitment challenges are connected to Troyer’s case.

“We haven’t had anyone tell us they don’t want to work for us because of that reason, so I wouldn’t attribute a whole lot to that,” he said.

The department is focused on moving forward.

“It’s not resolved yet, so it’s there, and that’s something that people might look at as well,” Moss said. “But we’re focused on showing people who our department is and what we’re about.”

He believes the reasons for the recruitment difficulties are more to do with high-profile police brutality cases, noting that law enforcement departments nationwide are having a tough time bringing in new people.

“I think there’s been a lot of bad press on police, a lot of big cases — the Manny Ellis case [in Tacoma] or the George Floyd case,” Moss said. “People see those things and think negatively about all police officers.”

In the meantime, the Pierce County department is trying its best, with a Twitter account dedicated entirely to recruitment, advertising campaigns, and a $15,000 signing bonus for lateral applicants.

“We’re a busy place, there are a lot of opportunities at our department, I don’t think that other agencies have as much to offer as we do, so hopefully we can get our numbers up soon,” Moss said.

Local News

ballot, napkin vote, approval voting...
Nick Bowman

Group seeking to change how Seattle voting works builds large early war chest

A push to dramatically alter the way Seattle votes in primary elections is already getting significant financial support in its early days.
10 hours ago
Bellevue...
KIRO 7 News Staff

77-year-old Bellevue woman stops home intruder in landslide neighborhood

Thieves hit the neighborhood impacted by the Bellevue landslide but didn’t get away with much, thanks to one brave 77-year-old woman.
1 day ago
national guard...
Stephanie Klein

National Guard arrives to Harborview Medical Center to help with COVID testing

A Seattle hospital official says the arrival of 10 army soldiers on Friday is a huge help.
2 days ago
End restrictions...
Nick Bowman

UW modelers: State might finally be able to end ‘major restrictions’ once omicron wave passes

Modelers at UW's Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation believe that we could be nearing the end stages of major virus-related restrictions. 
2 days ago
Long term care insurance...
Nicole Jennings

Analyst’s advice for Washingtonians who got private long-term care insurance

An Association of Washington Business analyst explains the outlook for private long-term care insurance now that the WA Cares tax will likely be delayed.
2 days ago
COVID tests...
MyNorthwest Staff

Washington households can order at-home rapid COVID tests at no cost

The state Department of Health is going live with its portal to order free at-home COVID tests that ship directly to households.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Compassion International Is Determined to ‘Fill’ a Unique Type of Football ‘Stadium’

Compassion International SPONSORED — During this fall’s football season—and as the pandemic continues to impact the entire globe—one organization has been urging caring individuals to help it “fill” a unique type of “stadium” in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Compassion International’s distinctive Fill the Stadium (FtS, fillthestadium.com) initiative provides […]
...

What are the Strongest, Greenest, Best Windows?

Lake Washington Windows & Doors SPONSORED — Fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their fundamental strength and durability. There is no other type of window that lasts as long as fiberglass; so why go with anything else? Fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl, lower maintenance than wood, more thermally […]
...

COVID Vaccine is a Game-Changer for Keeping our Kids Healthy

Snohomish Health District SPONSORED — Cheers to the parents and guardians who keep their kids safe and healthy. The dad who cooks a meal with something green in it, even though he’s tired and drive-thru burgers were tempting. The mom who calms down the little one who loudly and resolutely does NOT want to brush […]
...
Experience Anacortes

Coastal Christmas Celebration Week in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
...

Delayed-Onset PTSD: Signs and Symptoms

Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers SPONSORED — You’re probably familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder. Often abbreviated as PTSD, this condition is diagnosed when a person experiences a set of symptoms for at least a month after a traumatic event. However, for some people, these issues take longer to develop. This results in a diagnosis of delayed-onset PTSD […]
...

Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7. Free unbiased help is here!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]
Trial date for Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer set for July 2022