Chief Catlett of Brier – Ignorance in Action

I’m sure most of you have heard of the firing of Officer Dan Anderson by interim chief Michael Catlett by now.

Anderson had the audacity to leave Brier to go assist in the Mukilteo shootings which took the lives of Anna Bui, 19,  Jordan Ebner,19 and Jacob Long, 18 a 4th victim 18 yr old William Kramer was also shot but survived.

Officer Anderson was a 25 yr veteran of the Washington State Patrol who was just into his probationary period as a new hire in the city of Brier.

The fact that he spent 25 yrs in the WSP, shows that he was committed to the job and his community. They have the lowest pay in the state yet he stayed for a quarter of a century

The Mayor has refused to make a comment, which is probably a good thing for him at this point.

Brier has long had problems with hiring drunks, woman beaters, and thieves; Which begs the question as to why when they finally get a good cop, they get rid of him. Why?

Most folks don’t realize that in order to be a WSP Officer you must have an extensive college education. Which means that Officer Anderson was probably far more educated than the entire Brier Police Dept.

He did what any good cop would’ve done and for that he was punished.

For those of you who listen to the SnoCo Scanner that remember when a 43 yr old Granite Falls man Hans Hansen went on a shooting rampage through several cities, I was listening to it when Marysville Sgt Jim Maples was shot, another Officer screamed for him once he realized he had been shot.

That recording gave me nightmares for months (listened to the 2:00 to 5:00 minutes of the recording)

Point is that the police should be sticking together, Anderson was on the scene faster then most agencies closer by and he rendered aid to the victims as well as fellow officers.

He should be receiving awards, not given walking papers.

I will be investigating further and will update you as I get any new info

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  • nyor

    Sounds like the interim chief needs to be replaced by Officer Anderson who sounds duly qualified.

  • Gene6696

    If you are going to write about things, you need to have your facts straight. WSP has no college requirement. See the link.
    Additionally, WSP is certainly NOT the lowest paid in the state.
    While this is not my fight, and I certainly won’t take sides, a 25 year career in WSP is not an automatic qualifier to be a city cop. The job responsibilities are extremely different, and for the most part, Troopers are limited in what types of incidents they are exposed to. Their focus is traffic related enforcement and service.
    If the PD has valid, documented performance concerns, and if he was on probation, he really has no stand. While I will not argue that his actions in responding to mutual aid were correct and, apparently, within his agency policy, there are always two sides to the story. I think much more information is going to come out of this.
    If Mike Catlett is who I think he is, you should look into his LE background.

    • Brandia

      Just to be clear: Most of the folks who have contacted me about him have all said he can be a jerk, or that his “roadside manners” were more like roadkill. My intent in writing this story is that I know how the city of Brier operates and they have done this to 4 other officers. I have withheld some of the documents about that because I want him to have them for court. I don’t need him to Officer Friendly, and if he has done something wrong I will make sure to publish that as well once I get that information. His “Performance Issues” were that he was giving out too many tickets and he gave some of “their friends” tickets. As for WSP they have a campaign to hire that is ongoing and are losing many of their officers because the pay is so low. When I was a younger my friend had to go a 4 yr college just to be able to work at the state patrol, it may have changed since then, but even as a kid I remember my Uncles who were Seattle PD and King Co PD hated the “Staters” because they were so hoity toity. As an example Brier hired a cop that had been fired from the Ferndale Police Dept,, she then went on to get into a drunk driving accident with her police dog and either killed or injured it, she them proceeded to rear end some guy on the freeway and then joined Brier, now she is a Sgt in Duvall. Brier has the highest turnover of any police agency in the county because it’s all politics.