Welcome Chief Rob Martin

Stanwood’s New Police Chief, Rob Martin

January 8, 2020
Effective Wednesday, January 1, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Rob Martin was appointed and will serve as Stanwood’s police chief. Lieutenant Martin replaces Lieutenant Link, who left Stanwood after being selected by Sheriff Fortney to be the Bureau Chief of Administrative Services for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.


Lieutenant Rob Martin was the only applicant to seek out the appointment to Stanwood’s Police Chief. The City expected a selection process but is very pleased with the outcome as Lieutenant Martin comes to Stanwood with a significant law enforcement background with 21 years in law enforcement and four years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Martin has served in many roles, while moving up the ranks, at the Snohomish County Sheriffs Office, including but not limited to:

  • Administrative Sergeant for the City of Stanwood
  • Chief of Police in the City of Gold Bar
  • Civil Disturbance Team Leader
  • Master Patrol Deputy
  • SWAT Team Commander

He earned his promotion of Lieutenant in May 2019.

Looking Forward

Because he worked in the City of Stanwood as the Administrative Sergeant from 2012 to 2017, this experience helps aid in an easy transition as the new Stanwood Police Chief. In fact, Martin has been part of past Stanwood National Night Out events, and we look forward to the August 4, 2020, National Night Out event with him as part of the community. Martin looks forward to working closely with city leaders to ensure the needs of the community, officers, and staff are being met.

"I will strive to enhance established partnerships between community stakeholders and business owners to make Stanwood a safe plate to live, work, and visit," said Lieutenant Martin.

Mayor Kelley, the Stanwood City Council, and City Administrator Ferguson look forward to Martin joining the city leadership team. Welcome, Chief Rob Martin!