Chief Rafael Padilla
Chief Rafael “Raf” Padilla has served with the Kent Police Department since 1997. He began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Honolulu Police Department in 1992. He subscribes to the servant leader philosophy and considers it his duty and honor to serve and protect the people of Kent.
Previous to being appointed to Chief on May 8th, 2018, Rafael has served as an Assistant Chief of Police for the previous five years. During that time, he has held command of all three divisions of the department, spending significant time overseeing the operations of the Support Services Division, Investigations Division and Patrol Division. This experience allowed him to gain a deeper understanding of all aspects of the Kent Police Department operations.
Rafael’s previous assignments have included Patrol Officer, Narcotics Detective, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Patrol Tactics Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Traffic Motorcycle Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, Civil Disturbance Team Leader, SWAT, Honor Guard, Special Investigations Commander, Valley Gang Unit (VGU) Commander, SWAT Commander and Patrol Commander.
Rafael was also temporarily assigned to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (police academy) where he served as an academy instructor for five years. During this time, he was recognized as an expert in patrol operations and use of force, before being appointed as the director of the Washington Police Corps Academy.
Throughout his career, Rafael has dutifully invested his personal time to improve the quality of life for the Kent community. He has been an active member of the Meridian Kent Kiwanis Club since 2010 and is currently the club president. He has also served as the Key Club advisor for the Kentridge High School Key Club. He volunteers his personal time to complete community service projects, such as park beautification projects, graffiti cleanups and neighborhood clean-up projects in Kent. He oversees fundraising efforts for several initiatives focused on improving the lives of Kent youth and sits on a handful of regional and local law enforcement and community service group boards.
Rafael is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Northwest Law Enforcement Command College, the International Association of Chiefs of Police - Leadership in Police Organization and holds an Executive Level Career Level certification through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
Rafael is engaged on both state and national levels, holding several professional affiliations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Federal FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. (FBINAA) – former Executive Board Member, and Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) and the King County Police Chiefs Association.
Away from work, Rafael enjoys spending time with his wife and children, participating in the activities of his teenaged children. He also enjoys camping, taking in an occasional music concert, traveling with family and friends, and he is a huge college and professional football fan.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the outstanding men and women of the Kent Police Department. They work hard every day to deliver the highest quality law enforcement service, and I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to lead them into the future.”
Chief Padilla can be reached via email with any questions or concerns.
Assistant Chief Derek Kammerzell
Assistant Chief Derek Kammerzell began his law enforcement career in 1994 at the Kent Police Department. He is currently assigned as the Assistant Chief to the Investigations Division which includes Detectives, Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Internal Affairs, Neighborhood Response Team (NRT), Community Education, Code Enforcement, Crime Analyst, and Intelligence Led Policing (ILP) efforts.
He spent the majority of his time as an officer in the Patrol Division where he served additional duties as a Field Training officer (FTO) for six years, Bomb Recognition Specialist, Firearm Instructor and Weapon Armorer. He also served eight years as a SWAT operator and sniper on the KPD Emergency Response Team (ERT), and as a sniper team leader on the regional Valley Special Response Team. Derek also spent time as a detective working plain clothes/undercover street crimes, narcotics and vice with the ProAct Unit. Derek was promoted to Sergeant in November of 2007 where he served as a Patrol Sergeant and as the Training Sergeant.
In 2010, he was promoted to Commander. As a Commander he served in Patrol and also commanded the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Civil Disturbance Unit (CDU) and SWAT. In January 2014, he was promoted to Assistant Chief and commanded the Patrol Division for over 4 years before taking command of Investigations.
Derek holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of WA in Seattle. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police and the Northwest Law Enforcement Command College. He is a member of Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs.
He served 30 years as an Army Infantry Non-Commissioned and Commissioned Officer. He served two combat tours in Iraq as Commander of A Co, 1/161 IN in Baghdad (2004-2005) and as the S3 Operations Plans Officer for the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team in Ramadi (2008-2009).
He has also held an Armor Company Command in the 1-303 AR Battalion. His last assignments in the WA Army National Guard included the Executive Officer of the 1-161 Infantry Combined Arms Battalion, an Operations Officer for the WA Military Department Joint Operations Center and commander of a Security Force Advisory and Assistance Team. As a member of the Army Reserve he commanded 1-364 Training Support Battalion and finished his career as a primary staff officer for the 104th Division.
He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Commander and First Sergeant Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army Battalion/Brigade Command Course. He retired in June of 2019 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Away from work and the military, Derek spends his time with his loving and supportive wife and their two wonderful children. Derek enjoys hunting and belongs to several conservation groups including Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Washington Wild Sheep Foundation, Dallas Safari Club and Safari Club International. Derek is also involved in the local community and is a member of Kent Sunrise Rotary.
Assistant Chief Kammerzell can be reached at 253-856-5839.
Assistant Chief Eric Hemmen
Assistant Chief Eric Hemmen began his law enforcement career in 1994 at the Kent Police Department. He spent his first six years as an officer in the Patrol Division, the last three of which he was a Field Training Officer (FTO). Eric spent the next two years working as a detective working plain clothes/undercover street crimes and vice with the Pro-Act Unit. Eric also spent four years as a SWAT operator and sniper on the KPD Emergency Response Team (ERT). Eric was promoted to sergeant in July of 2002. During his time as Sergeant, he served as a Patrol Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant, Field Training Sergeant, and Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Sergeant. During his time as a Commander, he serves as a Patrol Commander and Special Investigations Commander. He was promoted in April of 2016 to Assistant Chief.
Eric is currently assigned to the Patrol Division. He oversees all uniformed patrol officers to include patrol officers, the School Resource Officers, the Traffic Unit, and the Special Operations Unit.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of WA in Seattle. He is a graduate of the Pacific Institute, the Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound, and the Senior Management Institute for Police and Leadership in Police Organizations.
Away from work, Eric enjoys spending time with his family. He is an avid camper and loves to enjoy the outdoors.
Assistant Chief Hemmen can be contacted at 253-856-5837.
Assistant Chief Jarod Kasner
Assistant Chief Jarod Kasner began his law enforcement career in 1998 at the Kent Police Department. He spent the majority of his 15 years as an officer in the Patrol Division. During that time, he also spent two years working as a plain clothes/undercover street crimes and vice Detective with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), five years as an Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) instructor and as a Field Training Officer (FTO). Jarod is one of the Public Information Officers (PIO) for the Department and was promoted to sergeant in 2011. During that time, he served as a Patrol Sergeant for the grave yard crew.
In February of 2014, Jarod was promoted to Commander where he served in the Patrol Division. Shortly after, he began supervising the Investigations Unit, which includes Persons and Property Detectives. Jarod was also responsible for the Field Training Officer program, Explorers, and the Mentoring program. In August 2018, Jarod was promoted to Assistant Chief over the Support Services Division which includes the Kent City Jail, police department Records Unit, Evidence Unit, and other administrative support staff.
Jarod is a graduate of Green River Community College and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Central Washington University.
Away from work, Jarod enjoys boating, running, soccer, and spending time with his family.
Assistant Chief Kasner can be reached at 253-856-5821.
Commander Rob Scholl
Commander Rob Scholl has served with the Kent Police Department since 1996. He began his law enforcement career as a Police Officer with the City of Mountlake Terrace in 1990. While employed with the Mountlake Terrace Police Department Rob worked as a patrol officer, traffic motor officer and was a member of the South Snohomish County SWAT team.
Since working at the Kent Police Department Rob has been an FTO (Field Training Officer), member of CDU (Civil Disturbance Unit), one of the original members of the Kent Police Honor Guard and a detective in the crimes against persons unit. Rob spent three years as a TAC Officer/Criminal Procedure instructor with the Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
In December of 2009 Rob was promoted to Sergeant. He served as a Patrol Supervisor and Administrative Sergeant. In February of 2013 Rob was promoted to Commander and assigned to the Patrol Division. His current areas of responsibility include the oversight of the Neighborhood Response Team (NRT), Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Community Education Unit (CEU), and the department's Crime Analyst.
Prior to becoming a Police Officer Rob served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a Desert Storm veteran. He attended Shoreline Community College for a Criminal Justice Degree. He is continuing his education in police leadership to earn a Bachelors degree and Mid Level Management Career Certification.
Away from work Rob is an avid waterskier, competing on a national level, and enjoys spending time with his wife.
Commander Scholl can be reached at 253-856-5816.
Commander Todd Durham
Commander Todd Durham started his law enforcement career in 1988 as a Corrections Officer at the City of Kent Correctional Facility (CKCF). He became a police officer in 1990 and served in patrol from 1990-2006. Todd previously held positions as a Generalist K9 handler for seven years, a Field Training Officer for five years, EVOC (emergency vehicle operations course) instructor for 10 years, and was the President of the Kent Police Officers Association.
In 2006, Todd was promoted to Sergeant. Since then he has served as a Patrol Sergeant, Training Sergeant, and Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Sergeant. He was promoted to Commander in 2014 and assigned to the Patrol Division. He currently oversees the department's Hiring and Recruiting Team, Training Unit, and Research/Development.
He attended Washington State University from 1984-1988 and received a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Go Cougs!
Commander Durham can be reached at 253-856-5842.
Commander Mike O'Reilly
Commander Mike O'Reilly began his law enforcement career in 1995 at the Kent Police Department. He spent the first three years in the Patrol Division. Mike spent the next three years as a Detective working plain clothes/undercover street crimes and vice with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU). He returned to the Patrol Division for another three years before he was selected as a Bike/Boat Officer with the Special Operations Unit (SOU).
Mike was promoted to Sergeant in November of 2010. During that time he served as a Patrol Sergeant, Burglary Task Force Sergeant, and SOU Sergeant. In January 2011, he was selected as the Sergeant for the Valley Gang Unit, which was a multi-agency task force created to address gang related issues in South King County. Upon completion of the Gang Unit he supervised the Neighborhood Response Team (NRT), who are responsible for identifying Intelligence Led Policing issues.
In September 2014, he was promoted to Commander where he served in the Patrol Division. He currently oversees the Special Operations Unit and two Patrol Sergeants and crews, Chaplaincy, and Peer Support Program and the department's Social Media Team. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He served five years active duty in the Navy onboard the USS Juneau (LPD-10) and after 20 years, he retired as a Naval Reserve Chief Petty Officer.
Away from work, Mike enjoys surfing, biking, the Seahawks, and spending time with his family and friends. Go Hawks!
Commander O'Reilly can be reached at 253-856-5843.
Commander Jon Thompson
Commander Jon Thompson started his law enforcement career in 1988 with the Orange County (CA) Sheriff’s Department, after serving in the United States Marine Corps. Jon served with the Sheriff’s Department for about 11 years spending time in the jail system, as a patrol deputy, and as a Field Training Officer. Family brought Jon to the Pacific Northwest and he accepted a position with the Vancouver (WA) Police Department in 1999 where he served for 12 years as a patrol officer, Field Training Officer, Major Crimes Detectives and Patrol Sergeant. He also spent close to 11 years on the SW Washington Regional SWAT team, most of which was as a sniper, ending as supervisor of the sniper element. Jon transferred to the Kent Police Department in 2011 and spent time in patrol and detectives. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2014 and two years later was promoted to Commander. He currently supervises three patrol crews during night hours and is the Kent commander for the Valley SWAT team. Jon is responsible for overseeing the department’s civilian ride-along program, the GREAT (Gang Resource Education And Training) program in local schools and is a liaison with the state Liquor Control Board.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Major Crimes Investigation and is a graduate of the Leadership in Police Organizations program.
Jon spends his free time with family, at church activities and working on the latest landscaping or home improvement project. He enjoys reading about history, politics and biographies.
Commander Thompson can be reached at 253-856-5829.
Commander Matt Holmes
Commander Matt Holmes has served with the Kent Police Department since 1994. He began his law enforcement career as a Police Officer with the Honolulu Police Department in 1982. After moving to WA State in 1990 and working at Boeing for several years in security, he decided he wanted to continue serving the community in a police capacity. Matt believes that law enforcement is an honorable profession that is built on the trust and partner ship with the community.
He is currently assigned to the Investigations Division where he manages Persons and Property investigations and Internal Affairs investigations. His previous work assignments include Patrol Officer, narcotics Detective, Felony Property/Persons Crime Detective, and Patrol Sergeant. During his career with Kent, Matt has been a trainer for technical upgrades to our records system, radio system and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system.
Commander Holmes can be reached at 253-856-5836.
Commander Andy Grove
Commander Andy Grove has served with the Kent Police Department since 2002 and has held assignments in Patrol, ProAct, Narcotics, Special Investigations, Crimes Against Persons, and as a Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, and partner of the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force.
In 2011, Andy accepted a 3 year assignment as the Director of Investigations and Law Enforcement Development for the International Justice Mission (IJM) in the Philippines where he led an Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force for the Philippine National Police (PNP). In his current assignment, Andy oversees uniformed patrol squads and other community related projects. Andy is a graduate of the Washington Police Corps Academy and has a BA in Social Sciences. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Seattle University. Away from work, Andy enjoys fitness, outdoor sports, and adventures with his family.
Commander Grove can be reached at 253-856-5828.
Commander Robert Hollis
Commander Robert Hollis began his law enforcement career in 2001 with the Des Moines (WA) Police Department before joining the Kent Police Department in 2006. He spent time as a SWAT officer for 5 years, also working as a Field Training Officer (FTO). Commander Hollis also spent time as the Recruiting Officer for just over two and a half years. He also served as the Kent Police Officer’s Union President for two years. Robert was promoted to Sergeant in April of 2014. During his time as a Sergeant he worked in Patrol. In this capacity he supervised the K9 Unit, PIO and assisted on scheduling. In October of 2018, he was promoted to Commander. Robert now oversees the K9 Unit, Emergency Management, PIO’s and scheduling.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and an Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a graduate of the Leadership in Police Organizations program.
Commander Hollis can be contacted at 253-856-5833.
Corrections Commander Diane McCuistion
Corrections Commander Diane McCuistion has been with the Kent Police Department since January 2000 serving as a Corrections Officer and Corrections Sergeant. In 2012 she was promoted to the position of Corrections Commander. Diane is responsible for the daily functions and activities of the corrections facility, as well as overseeing the jail alternatives to incarceration and volunteer programs.
Diane currently serves as an advisor to Green River Community College Law and Justice program and is on the WA Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) Corrections Committee and has worked on projects that include the development of the WASPC corrections accreditation standards.
Diane is a graduate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in Leadership of Police Organizations, as well as the Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound. She holds a First Level Supervisor certification with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and is in the process of completing her Middle Management Career Level certification. She is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management: Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support.
Diane is involved with many volunteer organizations; a member of the WA State Critical Incident Stress Management Team, the Kent Police Department Peer Support Team and the Kent Police Foundation, all of which are non-profit organizations that help support those in need. She also is very supportive in attendance of community fundraisers and improvement projects.
Away from work Diane enjoys spending time with her family and participating in activities with her three adult children. She enjoys hiking, scuba diving, snow skiing, and traveling with family and friends. Recently Diane successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro, in Africa with her eldest son.
Commander McCuistion can be contacted at 253-856-5961.
Support Services Manager Sheila Knapp
Manager Sheila Knapp has been with the Kent Police Department since 1985. She supervises civilian employees in the Records and Evidence Units, as well as Administrative Assistants, and the Financial Analyst, and Accounting Services Assistant. Prior to her current position she worked as a Corrections Officer and Corrections Sergeant with the City of Kent Correctional Facility for 21 years. In addition, she is the public disclosure coordinator and facilities manager for the police department.
Sheila holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound, has completed the Northwestern University sponsored School of Police Staff and Command in 2001 and is a graduate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations Program. She has also graduated from the Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound. She holds a Middle Management Career Level certification with the WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
She has participated as a mentor with the Kent School District, and believes that fostering relationships such as these help in the improvement of self and the community. In her spare time she enjoys traveling in her motorhome with her wife Christeen, cheering for the Seahawks and Huskies, golf and spending time with family and friends.
Sheila Knapp can be reached at 253-856-5810.