Chief of Police Todd Stancil Retires, Reflects on 28-Year Tenure in Yelm

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 6/28/22

Yelm’s Chief of Police Todd Stancil has retired after 28 years of service in the Yelm community. Stancil, who was also the interim city administrator, was selected as the chief of police in …

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Chief of Police Todd Stancil Retires, Reflects on 28-Year Tenure in Yelm

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Yelm’s Chief of Police Todd Stancil has retired after 28 years of service in the Yelm community. Stancil, who was also the interim city administrator, was selected as the chief of police in 2001, and has been a pillar in Yelm for nearly three decades.

He plans to spend more time with his family and travel during the next chapter in his life.  He said he’s going to “take some time off and enjoy the opportunity at hand,” before he pursues any other ventures. He will finally be able to “take a deep breath” and prepare for his next chapter.

“There were a couple (of) people that played a key role in allowing me to come on with the city. Most of these folks aren’t with us anymore because life keeps moving,” Stancil said. “Kathy Wolf hired me in 1994, Adam Revis took a chance on a 31-year-old kid to lead the department as chief in 2001. They both played a large part in getting my career started.”

Stancil also wanted to thank former city administrator Shelly Badger, who he said played a large part in allowing him to be successful.

Over the years, Stancil has seen a number of officers come and go through the department.

“As a police chief, I was surrounded by great officers and a great staff, who honest to god made me look good,” Stancil said. “We have a lot of guys in the department but we always made sure we had the right guys in the right position. It paid off for me and I hope it pays off for the next chief.”

Stancil also thanked his family, who over the course of the last 28 years, were impacted by his job.  When he started as the chief of police, his children were 6, 7, and 8 years old. He’s been married to his wife since he was a patrol officer.



“We’re both looking forward to this next opportunity to live a more normal life. When you’re on call 24/7, the weight that sits on your shoulder can be pretty heavy,” Stancil said. “I’m looking forward to that weight being lifted and being able to spend constant time with my family”

Stancil’s retirement went into effect at noon on Monday, June 27. Yelm City Hall hosted a small retirement party for Stancil, which featured a potluck.

“The support of the city and residents over the years has been great,” Stancil added. “I’ve always had pretty good support from the community. They’ve given me a great life and a great career, and I can honestly say that I have zero regrets.”

On Tuesday, June 28, assistant police chief Rob Carlson was sworn into the chief of police position. 

The work to fill the city administrator position is ongoing.

Stancil became the interim city administrator on Jan. 1, following the resignation of former city administrator Michael Grayum. Yelm’s Mayor Joe DePinto will serve as the city’s new interim city administrator, which went into effect on Tuesday, June 28. The city council is tentatively set to receive a recommendation for the city administrator position on Aug. 9.  

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