“Yelm Police Officer Don Moody, after pulling over driver Elaine Kirkwood for not using a turn signal,
gives her $100 instead of a ticket, a local “Secret Santa” giveaway of $5,000, December 2014.″
Photo credit: Steven Wyble, Nisqually Valley News
– “Tenino Eyeing Yelm Police Officer for Chief Position”
“Leader: Don Moody of the Yelm Police Department Awaiting Final Approval Before To Take Over as Tenino Police Chief”
“During a special meeting on March 31, the Tenino City Council confirmed the application of Officer Don Moody, currently of the Yelm Police Department.
Moody is Tenino Mayor Wayne Fournier’s personal appointee for the position. Despite the council’s recent confirmation, there are a few steps remaining in the hiring process,” quoting Jordan Nailon, The Chronicle (Centralia).
Our dedicated Police Officers in Yelm have served our community for a long time with honor, distinction and loyalty. I know of no better legacy of their service here than to seek a position elsewhere that utilizes their talents onward to the next level. Officer Don Moody is certainly one that deserves this pending Tenino promotion. I congratulate Officer Moody on this potential position and Yelm Chief Todd Stancil for the quality of personnel he has acquired, nurtured, trained and led in service with dignity. Just to be considered for Tenino Police Chief reflects the caliber of Officers we have in Yelm. Should he leave, his shoes will be HUGE to fill, as the Yelm Police Dept. is stretched so thin, with little depth in staffing positions, covered here previously and an issue also raised by the new Councilors in their campaigns last Fall. This would be another Public Safety void to fill in Yelm, one in which I hope the Yelm City Council addresses with Mayor Harding.