On January 1st, 2022 King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed Patricia Cole-Tindall as the Interim Sheriff for the King County Sheriff's Office. Patti will serve in that capacity until a process for identifying a permanent Sheriff has been completed.
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.
Interim Undersheriff Jesse Anderson has twenty nine years of policing experience with the King County Sheriff’s Office. Jesse began his career at the Southwest Precinct in Burien. He has held a number of operational, investigative and administrative assignments as deputy, detective, sergeant and captain throughout his career. Prior to being promoted to Interim Undersheriff, he was the Chief of the Patrol Operations Division. Before accepting that promotion, Jesse was the Major of the Southwest Precinct. He 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 & Acting Chief of Police, and as a captain for the Metro Transit Police.
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. He is known for leading by example, walk around management and incorporating the principles of transformational leadership. Jesse is also an advocate for continuous organizational improvement.
He has served in a wide array of assignments and has continuously built on his career experience within KCSO. Jesse has served as part of incident command and supervisory oversight for major events. He has managed the Internal Investigations Unit and participated in executive level decisions and policy direction. He has command knowledge and experience with Precinct Operations and Administration. Prior to his promotion to Captain he was a part of the Major Crimes Unit where he was responsible for the supervision of homicides, suspicious deaths, felony assaults, robberies, officer involved shootings, animal abuse, kidnapping, missing persons and juvenile runaway investigations.
Jesse is committed to fair, consistent, and equitable treatment as a leader in the Sheriff’s Office. He is proud to set an example of honesty and integrity for those he follows and those who will follow him. He consistently demonstrates a strong work ethic, positive attitude, sound judgment, strong decision making skills and an open-mind to the ideas of others.
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 weekend getaways.
Chief Of Criminal Investigations Division
Chief Olmsted has served King County for 24 years and has 33 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 reviewing serious use of force and critical incidents. With a background in use of force reviews, Chief Olmsted has been 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 holds an Executive Level Law Enforcement Certification for Washington State and the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy.
Troy and his wife Kim live in unincorporated King County. They have been married for 33 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.
Chief Of Patrol Operations Division
Chief Shawn Ledford has over 32 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 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.
Chief Of Technical Services Division
Chief Jeffrey (Jeff) Flohr has over 27 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 2018, Jeff was promoted to Captain and assigned to lead the King County Communications Center. He was promoted to Major in 2020 and assigned to lead the Southwest Precinct, which includes Skyway, White Center, and Vashon communities. In this role, Jeff joined the Urban King County Reimagining Policing Group, where he worked with numerous King County departments to explore what policing in unincorporated King County will look like in the future. Jeff will remain on this team as Chief.
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 20 years. They enjoy traveling, watching their daughter play softball, and playing with their 2 dogs.