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The City of Maple Valley is one of 12 cities in King County that contract with the Sheriff’s Office. The contract they operate under allows each city’s council, city manager, and citizens to precisely tailor the services they purchase to meet their unique needs. Most contract cities select a police chief who is a commissioned KCSO employee dedicated solely to the city and manages policing activity on a local level. The Police Chief is responsible for all police operations, and is the city’s primary point of contact.


DJ Nesel
Police Chief

D.J. Nesel

D.J. Nesel joined the King County Sheriff’s Office as a Reserve Deputy in 1989, just shortly after his honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps, where he served as a Military Police Investigator.  In 1991, he became a fully commissioned Sheriff’s Deputy and has served in the following capacities throughout his tenure with the Sheriff’s Office:  School Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, Fraud & Organized Crime Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Court Security Sergeant, Operations Captain, Administrative Captain, Chief of Police for the City of Carnation, Acting Chief of Police for the City of Burien, Executive Director of King County’s 911 Communications Center and Internal Investigations Commander. 

DJ has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance (1991) from the University of Washington.  He is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), as well as from the West Point Leadership Program.  DJ has taught criminal justice classes during his career at a local Washington State college and a private university.

Chief Nesel is pleased to be part of the City team, and looks forward to serving the citizens of Maple Valley.

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