Five Questions with Robin Fenton, Chief of Technical Services, King County Sheriff’s Office
What was your first role at King County? Upon completing the police academy, I was assigned to the SW precinct as a patrol officer. I was in a marked patrol car dealing with calls for service in the unincorporated area of King county. Loved that assignment. Everything was new and exciting. I worked with wonderful people and had many eye opening experiences.
Why did you choose law enforcement as a career? I initially entered college with the thought of becoming a dispatcher. It was during my criminal justice classes, that I changed my focus and decided to pursue a career as a police officer. The King County Police Department recruiter at the time came to our college and encouraged us to apply. I took the exam, and was very fortunate to get hired one month after I turned 21. Thirty-four years later I still love my job and feel very fortunate not only for the career, but for landing in such a wonderful agency. I always knew that I wanted to work in a profession where I could help others and make a difference. The King County Sheriff’s Office has given me numerous opportunities to do both.
What do you do as Chief of Technical Services for the Sheriff’s Office? As the Chief of the Technical Services Division, I work with approximately 360 outstanding King County Sheriff’s Office employees, who on a daily basis provide the support functions that are necessary for our Patrol Operation and Criminal investigations Division employee to carry out their assignments. Within the Division are the following units. Communication Center, AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System), Property Management, Data, Budget and Accounting, Payroll, Contracting, Technology, Civil, Court Security and Records. I continue to be impressed with the work of these outstanding individuals.
What do you like most about your job? The people I work with. Both within the department and those outside the department. It’s the people that make the job enjoyable, and it’s the people that keep me coming to work.
What is the biggest challenge in your job? Besides my commute… One of the biggest challenges I face, is keeping up with all the technological changes that are now a part of the job. Every aspect of the job now has a technology component that didn’t exist when I started. It’s been very impressive to see the outstanding work our computer resource unit has done to keep up with all these changes.
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