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Chapman appointed Undersheriff


September 3, 2020

Chris Chapman


COLFAX-Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers has appointed Sgt. Chris Chapman to be his new Undersheriff, effective Sept. 1, after the recent retirement of long time Undersheriff Ron Rockness.

Sgt. Chapman has served with the Sheriff's Office since 1995 and has worked his way through the ranks, serving as a Reserve Deputy, Deputy, Sergeant and now assumes the position of Undersheriff. Undersheriff is second in command of the entire organization. According to Sheriff Myers, there are significantly more administrative duties associated with this position as well as directly assisting the Sheriff with oversight of all three operations: patrol, corrections and civil.

Chapman, a lifelong Whitman County resident brings 25 years of service to his new leadership position. Chapman attended Pullman Public Schools and is a graduate of Washington State University and lives with his wife in Pullman.

"Sgt. Chapman is a natural leader who brings a wealth of experience, common sense and compassion to his new position," said Sheriff Myers. "He is well-respected and well prepared for the responsibilities ahead and most importantly has the trust of his co-workers and the community he serves."

Rockness retired in June after working for the Sheriff's office in various positions since 1993.


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