Commissioner, District One
John “Hutch” Hutchings has been married for 41 years to his wife Deb, and has two grown children and five grandchildren.
Hutch has dedicated much of his life to civil service. His successful 35 year career in law enforcement included 27 years with the Olympia Police Department, three years as Chief of Police in Tenino, with his career beginning as a police officer in 1980 in the City of Orange, California.
Hutch earned his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership/Development (2004) from Chapman University, Orange, California. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and spent three months conducting a multi-national research project, in England, Scotland and Wales. The focus of his study was on the effectiveness of critical incident debriefings on police officers.
Since 2001, John has delivered keynote addresses and training to police officers, executives, and mental health professionals with the National Health Trust, in England, Scotland, Wales and Australia. Hutch is co-author of The Thin Blue Lifeline: Verbal De-escalation of Mentally Ill and Emotionally Disturbed People (2011).
Hutch’s son, Michael (retired US Army Sergeant disabled) returned home from Iraq in 2011, after surviving an IED blast. Michael and Hutch present to criminal justice personnel on law enforcement encounters with combat veterans in crisis. Those with a traumatic brain injury and/or PTSD demand specific understanding and de-escalation.
Hutch has sat on many boards and committees focusing on public service:
Member of Thurston County Treatment Sales Tax Advisory Committee
Community Youth Services (CYS)
Olympia West Lions
Boards, Commissions, Councils & Committees
Cascade Pacific Action Alliance
Community Investment Partnership (CIP)
Pac Mountain Consortium
Thurston Regional Planning Committee (TRPC)
Tourism Promotion Area (TPA)
Transportation Policy Board
Voluntary Stewardship Program