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About Chief Brad Watkins


Chief Brad Watkins was raised in Shelton and graduated from Shelton High School. In 1984 he began his law enforcement career when he was hired as a Deputy for the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. In April 1987 he began working for the Centralia Police Department as a Patrol Officer, then became their first D.A.R.E. Officer, and had his first experiences as a relief supervisor.

In April 1989 Chief Watkins began his career with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) when he was hired as a Patrol Deputy. Since then he has worked in a variety of assignments and held every rank within the agency, except Sheriff. Chief Watkins currently has over 36 years of law enforcement experience and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class #245, NW Law Enforcement Command College, and holds Criminal Justice Training Commission Supervisory, Middle Management, and Executive Certifications.

Chief Watkins has been involved with several specialty units within this office to include Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Field Training Officer, Field Training Coordinator, Explorer Program Advisor, and was the primary Crisis Negotiator for the agency for over fifteen years. He is involved personally and professionally with numerous professional associations and charitable organizations.

Chief Watkins is currently assigned to the Field Operations Bureau, which oversees the Patrol Division, SWAT Team, Dive Rescue Team, Civil Event Response Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, Marine Services Unit, K-9 Unit, Reserve Deputy Unit, Community Service Unit, Search & Rescue Unit, Exploring Program, and several other programs.

During his off-duty time Chief Watkins enjoys spending time with his wife, family and friends. He relaxes by traveling around our state to see local sights, driving their 32 Ford Coupe, and vacationing in warm and fun places.