Deputy Chief of Police John DeRousse has been announced as the new Police Chief for the city of Everett. DeRousse proudly accepted the position after it was offered by Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin, and was sworn in on Wednesday November 1st at the City Council meeting.

“I’ve seen John’s leadership in action over the last several years and have been genuinely impressed,” said Mayor Franklin. “He is well-prepared to take the helm of this department and fill this vital role in our city.”

DeRousse has been with the Everett Police Department since 1998 after serving for four years as a deputy for the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department. Over the past 25 years, DeRousse worked his way up the ranks, serving first as an officer then sergeant, lieutenant, and captain before being promoted to deputy chief in 2018. As deputy chief, DeRousse led the Operations Division and Patrol work citywide. As well, he has worked on several key initiatives such as rebuilding the Child Abduction Response team, launching the Community Outreach and Engagement Team (COET) and rolling out the regionwide Violent Crime Reduction Unit.

DeRousse is not only highly experienced but also has an extensive amount of training and education, including master’s degrees in criminology and Homeland Security Science, and has a certification in executive leadership from the FBI National Academy.

“John knows this community and our community knows and trusts him. He will be able to follow in Chief Templeman’s footsteps, leading by example and ensuring the Everett Police Department remains one of the best, if not the best, departments in the state,” said Mayor Franklin.

His remarks at the swearing in were well spoken as Derousse said “Being appointed Chief of Police is a great honor and I want to thank Mayor Franklin as well as our police department and our community for trusting me with this responsibility”.

DeRousse is the third Chief since 2011 to be promoted from within the ranks of the Everett Police Department and not brought in from an outside agency.

Mayor Franklin’s comments, Chief DeRousse’s swear-in ceremony/ comments are recorded and available on the City of Everett’s YouTube channel.