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Former Police Chief John Hutchings has had a successful 35 year career in law enforcement.
career spans two different states and three departments.
He retired in 2012 after 27 years with the Olympia Police Department to become the Chief of Police in Tenino, WA.
He earned his Master's degree in Organizational Leadership/Development (2004) and he is a Fulbright Police Fellow (07/08).
Since 2001, John
has delivered keynote presentations and training to police officers and executives in England, Scotland, Wales and Australia.
is co-author of The Thin Blue Lifeline: Verbal De-escalation of Mentally Ill and Emotionally Disturbed People (2011).
is currently presenting, along with his
son U.S. Army Sgt.
Author: Ellis Amdur, Chief ...
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: www.edgework.info John Hutchings is the Chief of Police for the Tenino Police Department in Washington State.
law enforcement career with the City of Orange, California, where he
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.
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.
obtained graduate certificates in Organizational Development and Human Resources.
Chief Hutchings is a Fulbright Scholar (2007/08).
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.
is eternally grateful for their work, mentorship, and friendship.
has presented at numerous mental health conferences around the State of Washington.
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.
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 email@example.com or 360.742.2529.
John Hutchings claims ...
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.
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.
contract with Tenino
had to work 159.5 hours or less per month to keep his
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.
John Hutchings, Retired - ...
John Hutchings, Retired - Olympia Police Department
About Us: Board of Directors
TOGETHER! Board Member 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.
scholarship took him to England to study critical incident stress.
He's been on the Board since 2008.