About Sheriff Pastor

Current Position

Paul Pastor currently serves as Sheriff of Pierce County, Washington. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department consists of 329 law enforcement officers, 305 corrections officers and 145 civilian personnel serving in Washington State's second largest county.


Prior to taking this position, he served as Chief of the Department's Operations Bureau in charge of all law enforcement operations (1996-2000), Undersheriff for the Clark County Sheriff's Office, WA (1993-1996) and Chief of Police for the City of Everett, WA (1991-1992). From 1986 to 1991, he served at the rank of inspector for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. In the early 1980's, he was in charge of state staff at the Washington Criminal Justice Training Academy where he also managed the Loaned Executive Program and Washington Crime Watch.
Sheriff Pastor


Sheriff Pastor holds a bachelor's degree from Pomona College as well as two master's degrees and a doctorate from Yale University. He has lectured in several programs at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia and has received two special commendations from the Director of the FBI for his contributions to law enforcement management training. He is a graduate of the FBI's National Executive Institute and is a Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum.

Community Involvement

Sheriff Pastor helped design the national model procedures for policing mass civil disturbance after the World Trade Organization riot in Seattle and also consulted to the International Olympic Security Committee in Salt Lake City in 2001. He serves on state and national committees for emergency mobilization, ethics and intelligence and in 2004 helped develop the National Sheriff's Association Weapons of Mass Destruction training program. In addition, he helped develop the Washington State law on police use of lethal force and the Northwest Law Enforcement Executive Command College.