Commander’s Community Ties Run Deep
Captain Jim Dermody, the new commander of Seattle’s East Precinct.
When Captain Jim Dermody became commander of the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct last October, he was already deeply familiar with the community and the city.
Dermody grew up in northeast Seattle as the son of a Seattle police officer. The youngest of six siblings, he attended Bishop Blanchet High School and the University of Washington. Two of his brothers graduated from Seattle University. Earlier with the police department, Dermody served in patrol, SWAT, the anti-crime unit and homicide.
“We have a great partnership with
Seattle University that results in a safer
campus and a safer neighborhood.”
Jim Dermody, east Precinct Captain
As precinct commander, Dermody leads a staff of 145 people including patrol officers, a community police team, an anti-crime team, precinct detectives and support staff based at 1519 12th Avenue. The East Precinct serves an eight-square-mile area that includes Capitol Hill, the Central District, Squire Park, First Hill, Judkins Park, Madison Park, Montlake, Leschi, Madison Valley, and the upper Pike/Pine neighborhood.
Dermody, 43, succeeds Paul McDonagh, who was reassigned following a promotion to Acting Assistant Chief of Police. McDonagh was widely praised for his professionalism and accessibility and Dermody is committed to maintaining strong relationships between his officers and the community they serve.
Dermody has made it a priority to connect with residents, businesses, schools and organizations. SU is one of those partners. Many officers in the police department are students at SU, especially the criminal justice program. Former Chief Gil Kerlikowske, now head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, was a longtime adjunct professor at SU. On a daily basis, East Precinct officers work closely with SU’s public safety and transportation department and its director, Mike Sletten.