42nd District legislators honor long time police chief
Reps. Jason Overstreet, Vincent Buys and Sen. Doug Ericksen have drafted a resolution for adoption by the Washington State House of Representatives to honor the service of Everson Police Chief, Erik Ramstead, who died on Tuesday morning, January 15, after battling a longtime illness.
“Erik Ramstead was more than a police chief to the City of Everson,” said Overstreet, R-Lynden. “He was a husband, a father, and a friend–a leader intent on safeguarding his community. He will be missed, but not forgotten.”
Ramstead served one of the longest police chief tenures in Washington state. He worked for the Everson Police Department for 28 years, and had been chief since 1988.
“Chief Ramstead was a vital part of our community. Erik left an indelible mark on the lives of many people,” said Buys, R-Lynden. “The city of Everson, and everyone who knew him, will continue to value his contributions and be influenced by his life. It's a privilege to be able to pay tribute to a real hero and a great example of a life of service.”
“This is a terrible loss for Whatcom County that creates a huge leadership void in our region,” said, Ericksen, R-Ferndale. “We don't always understand why things like this happen, but our prayers certainly go out to his family and everyone affected.”
The resolution is expected to be adopted by the full House of Representatives in the next few weeks.
###Washington State House Republican Communications