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Penrod named town marshal

After 11 years, the town of Coupeville is going to have a new marshal.

Current Deputy Marshal David Penrod was chosen to become the new town marshal. He will replace Lenny Marlborough who has served as town marshal since 1996.

Penrod has nearly 20 years of law enforcement experience. He has spent the past 12 years working in Coupeville and he spent the last seven of his 21 years in the Navy in law enforcement.

“I’m very excited about this whole thing,” Penrod said. “The opportunity presented itself and I just jumped on the opportunity.”

Coupeville Mayor Nancy said that Penrod’s familiarity with the town’s policies and good working relationship with the community made him the best person for the position.

“We are pleased to have an opportunity for promotion from within the department. David has shown a commitment to the community and the Coupeville Marshal’s Office,” Conard said in a written statement. “He is fortunate to take over a department that has been well managed by Marshal Marlborough.”

Penrod called Marlborough a fine leader, friend and mentor and said he will be missed. Marlborough is retiring at the end of the month and moving to Louisiana.

The town started looking for Marlborough’s replacement when he announced his retirement last May.

Conard said the town conducted a thorough evaluation process that included a day-long assessment and interviews by a group that included two police chiefs and one high school principal. Each candidate was also interviewed by a committee comprised of Conard and two council members.

There were three finalists for the town marshal position. Conard said the other two were Bill Lyons, police chief at LaPush, and another in-house candidate, Jim Covert, a deputy town marshal.

Conard said seven applications were made for the position. The town was helped in the assessment process by the Association of Washington Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

The Coupeville Town Council is expected to officially name Penrod as town marshal during an upcoming meeting.

Once Penrod takes over as town marshal, he wants to increase training for officers and make sure they keep up to date with new requirements as they arise.

When he begins his job August 1, he will also be busy finding a replacement to fill the vacancy left by his own promotion.

One vacancy is considerable for a department that has five officers and three reserve officers.

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