Sheriff Mitzi G. Johanknecht
King County Sheriff’s Office, WA
Born and raised in King County, Mitzi G. Johanknecht has served her community for 35 years and is an experienced, progressive law enforcement leader. She began her law enforcement career when she joined the King County Sheriff’s Office on January 8th, 1985. Through her history of dedication and hard work, along with a strong sense of honor and respect, she worked her way up through the ranks and was elected to the position of Sheriff on November 7, 2017.
Mitzi started as a deputy in the north precinct and before her tenth anniversary with the department, she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. A quick 4 years later, she was promoted to the rank of Captain. She was then promoted to the rank of Major, commanding the Sheriff’s Office Precinct 4 in Burien.
Sheriff Johanknecht has a wide-range of experience, having served in leadership roles in every division and location in the Sheriff’s Office. Mitzi was the first woman to command TAC-30, the King County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. As a deputy, she was the first to work with a multi-disciplinary team in King County housing. Throughout her career, Sheriff Johanknecht has collaborated with other agencies, community groups and residents to build relationships of trust to promote public safety.
Mitzi and her wife, Maureen, live in West Seattle. Their adult daughter, Sydni, and son in law Scott live in New York City. Sheriff Johanknecht serves as an executive board member for the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC). She also volunteers on the board of Companis, a local non-profit that matches volunteer professionals with non-profit agencies in need of staffing assistance.