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Sept. 30, 2023

Undersheriff Chadwick emphasizing  public safety in campaign for sheriff.

 Doug Chadwick, a 29-year veteran of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), is running for Whatcom County Sheriff with an emphasis on providing safety for communities, first responders and those in custody.

Chadwick has served as Undersheriff, second in command to Sheriff Bill Elfo, since 2019. Elfo, who is retiring in January, endorses Chadwick for the position.

“As Sheriff, I would enhance programs, such as behavioral health deputies, that focus on assisting persons in crisis to address the root cause of crime, to keep them from entering the criminal justice system,” Chadwick said. “I would continue to support other diversion programs that reduce incarceration and recidivism.”

Chadwick, a Whatcom County native, graduated from Mount Baker Senior High School and Western Washington University. He joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1994 and has held every rank within the WCSO as well as numerous specialty positions. He is well-versed in all department responsibilities, including corrections, emergency management and search and rescue.

“The Sheriff’s Office handles much more than a small-town police department and I’m ready for this job on Day 1,” Chadwick said.

Chadwick’s endorsements include every Whatcom County sheriff since 1971, Whatcom County Republican Party, Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, two-term former County Executive Jack Louws, longtime county Prosecuting Attorney Dave McEachran, Teamsters Local 231 and the Whatcom County Association of Realtors.

“Nothing is more important to me than keeping our community safe and continuing my service to the citizens of Whatcom County,” Chadwick said.

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