Ty grew up in Washington State and graduated from Bethel High School in Spanaway in 1984.
He has served the citizens of Washington State as a police officer for over 25 years. He started law enforcement in the Town of Eatonville where he also served as a D.A.R.E. officer until joining the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office in 1991.
Ty has served the Sheriff’s Office for more than 20 years, working his way up from master patrol deputy to Captain of the agency’s North Precinct. He was sworn in as the Sheriff of Snohomish County on July 8, 2013. Ty has served Snohomish County as the contract police chief in the City of Stanwood from 2008 – 2012 and has held leadership positions on the Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the Management Team Association. He has worked in patrol and community policing, as well as in the agency’s administration by managing the training unit and assisting with recruiting and hiring.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in organizational leadership. He is a member of Rotary International and the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
Ty is the proud father of two daughters, one who is attending Western Washington University, and the other who is high school in Stanwood. Ty is married to his wife, Vicki, who is an elementary school teacher in the Marysville School District. Ty and Vicki have made Snohomish County their home for over 20 years and believe strongly in their community.
Ty believes that Snohomish County is an excellent place to raise a family and wants to focus on the feeling of safety within our community: “Dedication to excellence and community partnerships is key to the success of any organization.”