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Board Member

Phone: (360) ***-****x**  HQ Phone
TOGETHER! incorporated
418 Carpenter Rd. SE Ste 203
Lacey , Washington 98503
United States

Company Description: We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging and mobilizing families, schools and the community to advance the health, safety and success of our youth....   more

Employment History

  • Police Chief
    City of Tenino
  • Sergeant
  • Police Chief
  • Chief of Police
    Tenino Police Department


  • B.A.
    The Evergreen State College
  • M.A. , Organizational Leadership
    Chapman University
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Web References
About Us: Board of Directors, 1 July 2015 [cached]
TOGETHER! Board Member John Hutchings
John Hutchings
"Hutch" is retired from the Olympia Police Department, was the police chief in Tenino for several years, and is a Fulbright Police Fellow. His scholarship took him to England to study critical incident stress. He's been on the Board since 2008.
John Hutchings claims ..., 28 Oct 2015 [cached]
John Hutchings claims "impairment of his reputation"
No dollar amount listed, but previous tort claim said Hutchings would seek $850,000
Former Tenino Police Chief John Hutchings. Former Tenino Police Chief John Hutchings. Steve Bloom FILE
Former Tenino Police Chief John Hutchings has filed a defamation lawsuit against the city of Tenino and the mayor who fired him.
The complaint for damages was filed Oct. 22 in Thurston County Superior Court, more than four months after Hutchings' attorney submitted a tort claim that declared an intention to sue.
According to the complaint, Mayor Bret Brodersen made false and defamatory statements in a news release issued in March regarding his decision to terminate Hutchings' employment as police chief.
As a result of those statements, "Hutchings has suffered an impairment of his reputation within the community, personal humiliation, mental anguish and suffering," according to the complaint. "He has further suffered a loss of reputation among the law enforcement community, causing both mental anguish and impairment of future income."
The complaint also alleges that the news release conveys a sense that Hutchings had "defrauded the city by unilaterally, surreptitiously working hours" that were contrary to his terms of employment.
Hutchings was hired as Tenino's chief in 2012, but had previously spent 27 years at the Olympia Police Department before retiring. Under his contract with Tenino, Hutchings had to work 159.5 hours or less per month to keep his retirement benefits. He was paid more than the allotted number of hours between June 2012 and December 2013, according to documents.
A trial date will be set Feb. 16 in Thurston County Superior Court. No dollar amount for damages was listed in the official complaint, but the previous tort claim said Hutchings would seek $850,000 in damages.
In the March 2015 news release, Brodersen said Hutchings was terminated for working extra hours, hiring a reserve officer without proper authorization, and generally overstepping his authority.
Author: Ellis Amdur, Chief ... [cached]
Author: Ellis Amdur, Chief John Hutchings
Amdur and Hutchings do not merely confine themselves to the important subject of despondent suicidal individuals who attempt to kill themselves.
For further information please see Amdur's website: John Hutchings is the Chief of Police for the Tenino Police Department in Washington State. He began his law enforcement career with the City of Orange, California, where he grew up. He, his wife, and two children moved to Olympia in 1985. He served 27 years with the Olympia Police Department before taking over as Chief of Police in Tenino. Hutchings has worked in every capacity police work has to offer, giving him a very broad base of experience. He completed his B.A. at The Evergreen State College (Olympia) in 2000. He completed his M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University (Orange, California) in 2004. Besides his M.A., he obtained graduate certificates in Organizational Development and Human Resources. Chief Hutchings is a Fulbright Scholar (2007/08). He lived in England for three months while conducting a multi-country research project studying the effects of critical incident stress debriefings on police officers. The results of his research are pending publication. John collaborated with NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill), and a host of local professionals from the mental health field to create Olympia's CIT program. He is eternally grateful for their work, mentorship, and friendship. Hutchings has presented at numerous mental health conferences around the State of Washington. He presented on CIT in Sydney, Australia (2003) for the International Congress on Law and Mental Health. John worked closely with a Sergeant from Newcastle, England on the development and assessment of the U.K.'s first Mental Health Awareness pilot course. On behalf of England's National Health Service, John has presented numerous times in North Yorkshire, England on crisis intervention and officer involved shootings. His audiences include the officer on the beat, police command staff, psychologists, and psychiatrists, both experienced and those in training. In 2011, Chief Hutchings' son, Sgt.
Chief John Hutchings is an engaging and entertaining presenter drawing on his years of firsthand police experience dealings with the mentally ill, and involvement with critical incidents. For additional information, contact Chief Hutchings at or 360.742.2529.
Strawn at 1:20 p.m. told The ..., 20 May 2013 [cached]
Strawn at 1:20 p.m. told The Chronicle that Hutchings was reinstated shortly after 1 p.m.
Neither the City Council nor City Attorney Mark Erickson was made aware of the mayor's plans to place Hutchings on leave.
Strawn notified Hutchings through an email, sent at 9:52 a.m.
The Council was notified when Hutchings, at 10:37 a.m., forwarded them the email.
After assuming his role, Hutchings reportedly processed the report and handed it on to the prosecutor, who dismissed the claim.
Last summer, Strawn hired Hutchings as the chief of police.
A long-time law enforcement official, Hutchings was employed by the Olympia Police Department from 1985 to June of 2012.
Hutchings' experience includes patrol, managing training teams and serving on a SWAT team. He was a Fulbright Scholar and spent three months in the United Kingdom doing research about the effectiveness of critical incident stress debriefings.
John Hutchings of ... [cached]
John Hutchings of Washington's Olympia Police Department were finalists.
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