When he’s not out stopping crime, Tavier Wasser is helping couples get hitched.
The Langley chief of police also happens to be a certified wedding officiant. So far, he’s performed two wedding ceremonies and plans to do a couple more this year.
“You’d have to be a pretty close friend of mine or have heard about it from some weird situation to have known,” Wasser said.
The request of his wife’s best friend to officiate her wedding in 2019 prompted Wasser to get licensed. He opted to obtain his certification from a website, a process which took a few hours of his time and required a background check.
It’s not something he put on his resume when he applied for the head role with the Langley Police Department earlier this year.
“When you’re applying for a job, wedding officiant isn’t exactly applicable to every situation,” he said with a laugh.
He doesn’t expect to marry anyone while dressed in uniform.
He did, however, officiate the wedding of a former coworker. He helped a deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office and his wife say “I do.”
Some who are ordained have made a business out of it. Wasser is choosing not to.
“Making a family a legal family is so rewarding,” he said. “It’s just such a positive experience.”
So far, he hasn’t encountered any bridezillas or groomzillas. All weddings have been performed within the state.
“Maybe if someone wants to fly me out for somewhere fun, I’d definitely volunteer for that,” he quipped.
His duties as a wedding officiant have been fruitful.