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Patti was appointed in May 2022 by Executive Constantine and confirmed by the County Council as the 35th Sheriff of King County. 

Before her previous promotion to Undersheriff, in the summer of 2020, Patti served as the Chief of the Technical Services Division for almost five years. Prior to joining the King County Sheriff's Office in October of 2015, Cole-Tindall served as the director of the King County Office of Labor Relations for six years.

Patti's previous experiences include serving as an internal affairs investigator for the County’s Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, and an assistant director of that department’s Community Corrections Division.  At the state Employment Security Department, she was responsible for the regional investigative program that detected fraud and theft of unemployment benefits.  She was also a special agent for the Washington State Gambling Commission, and completed the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

More recently, she served as a key advisor to the King County Executive and County Council on strategic planning, labor policy development and employment law as the Director of Labor Relations. She concurrently served as the interim director of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO), working with staff, the Sheriff's Office, and the public to improve services and promote awareness of the role of civilian oversight in King County.

While she was Undersheriff, Cole-Tindall was responsible for the day to day operations of the Sheriff’s Office together with the team of three Division Chiefs. She oversaw the development and implementation of the King County Sheriff’s Office Strategic Plan and examination and strengthening of the Sheriff’s Office complaint and use of force review processes.

Patti enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and her two sons.

Patti Cole-TindallInterim Sheriff Cole-Tindall


Undersheriff Jesse Anderson has over 30 years of policing experience with the King County Sheriff’s Office. He has served in a wide array of assignments and has continuously built on his career experience within KCSO. Jesse began his career at the Southwest Precinct in Burien. He has held several operational, investigative and administrative assignments as deputy, detective, sergeant and captain throughout his career until returning to the Southwest Precinct to serve as the Commander. Jesse later promoted to Chief and was assigned to lead the Patrol Operations Division until accepting his current position as the Undersheriff. 

Jesse has dedicated his career to providing high quality and professional law enforcement services to the residents of unincorporated King County and the contract cities in which he has served. He has long term, well established working relationships within KCSO and with Sheriff’s Office contract partners. During his tenure as the head of the Contracting Unit, Jesse worked with contract partners to problem solve and meet their contract needs. His firsthand experience with contracting includes assignments in the City of Burien Community Policing Unit, Burien Street Crimes Unit, serving as a City of Sammamish patrol sergeant and Acting Chief of Police, and as a captain for the Metro Transit Police.

Jesse spent almost a third of his career in the Major Crimes Unit where he was responsible for the investigation and supervision of homicides, suspicious deaths, felony assaults, robberies, officer involved shootings, animal abuse, kidnapping, missing persons, and juvenile runaway investigations.

Jesse enjoys engaging with all members of our King County communities and has an established reputation as a trusted leader with the highest standards of integrity. Building police/community trust and implementing progressive policing opportunities are two of his top priorities. Jesse is committed to fair, consistent, and equitable treatment as a leader in the Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to having a bachelor’s degree and many supervisory & management training classes, Jesse’s law enforcement education includes graduating from the FBI National Academy and the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff & Command.

In his downtime, Jesse enjoys spending time with family, mountain biking, hiking, and traveling.

Jesse Anderson

Chief Jesse Anderson

Chief of Special Operations Division

Chief Jeffrey (Jeff) Flohr has over 28 years of law enforcement experience. Jeff began his career in the Bay Area of California, where he worked for Moraga and San Pablo Police Departments. During his time in California, Jeff served as Field Training Officer, K9 Handler, Drug Recognition Expert, Gang Detective, and member of several state and federal task forces.

Drawn to the size and diversity of the King County Sheriff’s Office and the variety of assignments and opportunities it provides, Jeff began his career with KCSO in early 2005. He started as a Deputy in the contract city of Kenmore, served as a School Resource Officer in Kirkland, and quickly became a Master Police Officer (MPO) before being promoted to Sergeant in 2012. During his tenure as Sergeant, Jeff had numerous assignments, including North Precinct patrol, KCSO patrol K9 Unit, Sound Transit, Special Emphasis Team, and Explosive Detection K9 Unit. In 2016, Jeff was selected to be the Field Operations Administrative Sergeant for the Patrol Operations Chief. In this role, Jeff supported KCSO patrol operations and assignments county-wide, including Background Investigations, staffing, and recruiting. Jeff also coordinated the Critical Incident Review Boards for KCSO.

In September 2021, Jeff was promoted to Chief and assigned the Technical Services Division, where he oversaw the successful ratification of multiple groundbreaking labor contracts, introduced and secured funding for body-worn cameras, and improved recruiting to achieve the most hires of any Law Enforcement agency in Washington State.  With the addition of two new divisions at KCSO in 2023, Jeff now leads the Special Operations Division, which is comprised of TAC-30 (SWAT), Marine Rescue Dive Unit, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting, Bomb Squad, Air Support Unit, Search and Rescue, Sound Transit, Metro Transit, and the Crisis Negotiation Team. 

Jeff believes in community policing that is fair and accountable. Throughout his career, Jeff has led by example and built strong working relationships at all levels of government through open and honest communication. Jeff has served as Incident Commander for high-profile events including dignitary visits, anti-terrorism efforts, concerts, sporting events, and civil disturbances. He has also led the development and implementation of several initiatives, including the creation of Sound Transit’s Special Emphasis Team (SET) to enhance rider and employee safety; modernizing the statistical tracking of K9 deployments, contacts, and training documentation; working with the King County Council to implement ordinances impacting solicitations and noise complaints; and working with U.S. Senators and Congress members to update King County’s 911 system to address next-generation issues. Jeff has received numerous accolades and awards throughout his career, including Officer of the Year, Deputy of the Year, Sergeant of the Year, Lifesaver Award, and the Sheriff’s Medal.

Jeff attended Saint Mary’s College of California on a football scholarship. He has also attended numerous specialty law-enforcement and leadership development courses. Most recently, he completed the FBI-LEEDA Executive Leadership Institute. Jeff and his wife, Stevee, have been together for over 20 years. They enjoy traveling, watching their daughter play softball, and playing with their dog.

Jeffrey Flohr

Chief Jeffrey Flohr

Chief of Criminal Investigations Division

Chief Shawn Ledford has over 33 years of law enforcement experience with the King County Sheriff’s Office. Shawn began his career in 1989 at the Federal Way Precinct as a patrol deputy. During his time in patrol, he was a field training officer, master police officer, and negotiator on the Hostage Negotiations Team. He became a detective in the Special Assault Unit and then Major Crimes. In 1999 he was promoted to sergeant and worked at the Maple Valley Precinct. Shawn was selected to be the Chief of Police for the City of Newcastle (KCSO partner city) where he worked for five years.

In 2006 Shawn was promoted to captain and worked at the Southwest Precinct (Burien). He transferred to the North Precinct (Kenmore) as the operations captain. As a captain he also worked assignments in contracting and the Criminal Investigations Division. In 2012 Shawn was selected by the City of Shoreline (KCSO partner city) to be their police chief. Shawn worked as the Shoreline Chief for nearly ten years before being promoted to Division Chief with the Sheriff’s Office. Shawn was the Patrol Operations Division Chief for one year and transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division in January 2023.

Shawn has worked hard to promote community policing and setting the expectations to treat people in a fair and objective manner. He also understands that many of the issues that law enforcement members deal with on a daily basis have a nexus to behavioral health issues; often fueled by drug, or alcohol abuse. In 2015 the Shoreline Police Department submitted for and received a Department of Justice, smart policing grant for RADAR – Response Awareness De-Escalation and Referral. The program (RADAR) provides information to officers up front to try and reduce use of force incidents. It also pairs mental health professionals with officers to follow-up with people in need and connect them to behavioral health services. In 2018 the cities of Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland and Lake Forest Park joined the RADAR program. The cities work collaboratively and have been funded by King County Mental Illness Drug Dependency funds, Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chief grants and a second Department of Justice grant.

Chief Ledford has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology and criminology from Western Washington University.

Shawn Ledford


Chief of Patrol Operations Division

Chief Jose Marenco has 24 years of experience with the King County Sheriff’s Office. Before joining the KCSO, Chief Marenco began his police career with the Snoqualmie Police Department where he served for two years. 

Jose became the Metro Transit Police Chief in October 2020.  He led the Metro Transit Police to provide public safety services to the largest transit agency in the state as well as the seventh largest in the country.  This division consists of 82 full time positions with 79 commissioned staff as well as three non-commissioned support staff.  During his tenure he led the organization through significant changes in police practices.  He led the King County Sheriff’s Office in initiatives that supported public safety to include solutions for homelessness on transit. The solutions were collaborative and inclusive of several organizations that focused on support over enforcement. 

Prior to his assignment at Metro Transit, Jose worked patrol assignments at Precincts 2 and 4, Sammamish, and Woodinville.  He was a detective in the Street Crimes Unit, Neighborhood Drug Enforcement Team, and the Criminal Investigations Unit.  As a sergeant, he was initially assigned to Precinct 4 before moving to the Court Protection Unit and then to Woodinville operations.  Jose then advanced into investigations where he was assigned to the Special Assault Unit and later the Internal Investigations Unit.  He promoted to Captain in 2017 and was assigned to Metro Transit Police as the administrative captain.  Jose was the Criminal Investigations Division Commander before promoting to Major.

Jose is a compassionate and collaborative leader who leads with deep respect for others, a value that he says has been instilled in him by his parents. This compassion has shaped his career and helped him be successful in his many roles in law enforcement roles.


Jose has been married to his wife for 25 years and they have four children. He is passionate about sports and has been a volunteer and coach for youth baseball and wrestling since 2002. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors, hiking with his family, and fly fishing.


Jose has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Washington.

 Jose Marenco



Chief of Support Services Division

Chief Troy Olmsted has served King County for 25 years and has 34 years of law enforcement experience. Troy initially grew up and attended school in the Lake City area of Seattle before moving out to the suburbs of Shoreline and Mountlake Terrace. After honorably serving five years in the United States Air Force with assignments in Europe and stateside, Troy became a deputy for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to patrol, Troy was a member of the Honor Guard, a Field Training Officer, DARE Instructor and Community Relations Officer. After nine years of service to the citizens of Arizona, the call to return to the roots of the northwest could not be ignored.

In 1997 Troy began working in the North Precinct. Having a passion for training, Troy was selected as a Master Police Officer in 2001. Troy trained and monitored new deputies until he promoted to sergeant in 2006. As a sergeant Troy worked patrol assignments in the Southeast Precinct, Metro Transit Police and SeaTac. He supervised a Criminal Investigations Unit and was a Detective Sergeant in the Internal investigations Unit. As a captain he managed Field Operations and Criminal Investigations Units. His assignments included Shoreline and Southeast King County.

As a major, Troy was Commander of the Southeast Precinct, Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, and the Administrative Review Team (ART). This team is responsible for administrative reviews of serious use of force and critical incidents. With a background in use of force reviews, Chief Olmsted was heavily involved with updating and implementing national best practice use of force and de-escalation policies for the Sheriff’s Office. Troy was selected as Chief in July of 2019. He served as Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division for 3½ years before moving to the Support Services Division. He holds an Executive Level Law Enforcement Certification for Washington State and the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Graduate.

Troy and his wife Kim live in unincorporated King County. They have been married for 34 years. Together they have raised four children. Their oldest son Ryan is also deputy with the King County Sheriff’s Office. They enjoy family gatherings and traveling. 


Troy Olmsted

Chief Troy Olmsted