An award-winning law enforcement leader with over three decades keeping communities safe, Susanna Johnson has the experience, judgment, and integrity to lead our Sheriff’s Office.
Wanting to serve as a police officer at a young age, Susanna started her dream job at the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office at the age of 22, where she worked for 30 years.
In that time, she worked in the toughest and most sought-after units, continuously promoting through the ranks. Her assignments included:
Detective, Regional Drug Task Force
K-9 Handler with K-9 Baker (who did all of the real work)
SWAT Entry Team, Squad Leader, and Operations Manager
Detective Sergeant, Investigations & Office of Professional Accountability
Lieutenant, Precinct Commander & Watch Commander
Captain, Patrol Division Commander
Bureau Chief of Operations (third in the chain of command, after the Sheriff and Undersheriff)
Two years ago, Susanna Johnson was recruited by the Bothell Police Department to serve as a Lateral Police Captain and promoted to Deputy Chief.
Susanna is a decorated graduate of the FBI National Academy, which is the most sought-after executive law enforcement leadership training in the world, and also worked her way through college to earn a master's degree.
Like many people, Susanna recognizes that this is a pivotal time for the profession. Although the majority of police officers with Susanna's tenure have elected to retire, she believes this is the most critical time for experienced leaders to step up and lead the way.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Susanna lives in beautiful Lake Stevens. She is married and enjoys camping, gardening, walking the dogs, hanging out with the kids and grandkids, and building anything. She is also a longtime community volunteer, working with youth across Snohomish County for over 30 years.
SELECT AWARDS and RECOGNITION
Meritorious Service Medal
Supervisor of the Year Award 2009
Vinci Leadership Award
Field Sergeant Leadership Award
Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force Unit
Snohomish Co DUI Awards (3)
Drug Arrests with K-9 Partner “Baker”
Award of Merit
County-Wide Awards Ceremony
Distinguished Service Medal
SCSO Agency Medal (Life Saving)