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Jim Pugel

Jim Pugel

Jim Pugel is a part-time Site Advisor for the LEAD Proof of Concept Cohort Project. Prior to retirement, Jim spent 31 years at the Seattle Police Department, serving as Assistant Chief and later Interim Chief. During his tenure, Jim was the department’s executive sponsor working closely with numerous community groups, non-profit organizations and government groups to establish the inaugural LEAD initiative. Jim also served on the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Session on Community Corrections, focusing on ways to better integrate released offenders, as well as reducing overall incarceration of people. He has spoken nationally and internationally on police and drug policy reform. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University, and the Cascade Executive Management Program from the Evans School of Public Policy at the University of Washington.