Kenneth Semko, Chief of Police
Chief Ken Semko is a 28-year law enforcement veteran. Prior to coming to Lacey, Chief Semko spent 27 years with the Santa Monica Police Department in southern California where he worked a variety of operational and administrative assignments. Promoted to Captain in 2013, Chief Semko went on to command the Operations, Strategic Services, and Administrative Divisions of the Police Department before leaving Santa Monica in 2018 as the Interim Chief of Police.
During his tenure in Santa Monica, Chief Semko created the City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) where he and his team were charged with creating the City’s Emergency Operations Plan, City wide disaster preparedness training, design and implementation of a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as well as the creation of the City’s first Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Chief Semko is a recognized leader in the development of innovative law enforcement homeless engagement protocols used to maximize law enforcement’s reach in helping to address this important community issue. Chief Semko has been a featured speaker on the national stage on the topics of critical incident management, law enforcement homeless engagement practices, and Police K-9 management.
Chief Semko holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and a Master’s degree in organizational leadership. Chief Semko is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the California Command College, and holds an Emergency Manager Specialist Certification as well as executive management certificates from Northwestern and Harvard Universities.
Chief Semko is an active member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), FBI National Academy Associates, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
In his spare time Chief Semko enjoys golf, traveling, and hiking throughout the Pacific Northwest.
How to contact:
Mail: Lacey Police Department
Office of the Chief
420 College St SE
Lacey, WA 98503-1238