Kitsap County Chief of Detectives David White retired after 40 years with the sheriff’s office Oct. 1.
The announcement that White was going to retire was posted to the KCSO Facebook page on Sept. 25, he officially retired on Oct. 1.
“While it’s not unusual for law enforcement careers to span this time-length with service in several organizations, it is somewhat unique to find professionals in today’s environment who serve their entire career with the same agency,” a KCSO Facebook post says.
The post noted that White’s service surpasses the KCSO record previously held by former Corrections Chief Larry Bertholf, who retired in 2005 after 34 years.
White began his career in 1980 after earning his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in sociology from Washington State University. He remains an avid fan of the Cougars today.
He has spent his career under many assignments from patrol, to patrol corporal and sergeant, to detective. For the last 15 years, he has been chief of detectives.
“Dave has been a mentor and co-worker during my entire career,” Sheriff Gary Simpson said. “I have been privileged to work with and alongside Dave, as he touched many lives – providing guidance, leadership and support to so many in the sheriff’s office and throughout the Kitsap County community.”
In his off time, White serves as International Services coordinator for the East Bremerton Rotary Club.
“As a highly respected and trusted employee, he has implemented numerous programs and ideas which have directly enhanced our ability to provide professional law enforcement services,” the sheriff added. “I will miss our conversations and camaraderie as he steps into a new phase of his life.”
White was an original member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team and also established the Office of Professional Standards in 2000 and served as the first OPS sergeant for three years.
“Dave will not be forgotten,” Simpson said. “He has imprinted his character, professionalism and leadership attribute on everyone he has worked with during forty years of dedicated service. I bid him a gracious and happy farewell. We will miss him.”