NEW OFFICER ADAM WOLF
Monroe Police Chief Tim Quenzer welcomed Officer Adam Wolf on Tuesday, May 13, introducing Wolf and his family to city council and Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas.
Officer Wolf’s career with the Monroe Police Department began on July 1, 2013. Shortly thereafter he began attending the basic law enforcement academy, graduating on December 17, 2013. New officers must be hired by the department prior to attending the academy, and once they graduate they complete a comprehensive field training assignment.
Officiating the ceremony was longtime Evergreen District Court Judge Steven Clough.
Officer Wolf served five years with the United States Army and worked overseas doing private security. He is currently enlisted as an active U.S. Army reserve officer.
Wolf moved to Monroe last fall with his wife Jessica and their two-year-old daughter. He introduced his family to council.
“This is my wife Jessica; we’ve been married for eight years now. She’s supported me in everything that I’ve done,” said Wolf. “I love her very much.”
The couple is expecting another child who is due in August.
“I am proud to recognize you before this council and I value your commitment to the Monroe Police Department,”said Quenzer. “Congratulations.”
20-YEAR SERVICE HONOR TO DET. TIM BUZZELL
After welcoming Officer Wolf, the department then honored Detective Tim Buzzell for 20 years of service to the city of Monroe. A highly distinguished detective, Buzzell was honored in 2010 with a Special Recognition for Excellence in Service award.
Buzzell, who has been with the Monroe Police Department since March 1, 1994, has worked extensively with the youth in the community as a DARE officer. One of the department’s two arson investigators, Buzzell became a detective in December of 2000. He has worked several extremely high profile cases including the Brinks armored car robbery of 2008 in which a Monroe man fled the crime scene by floating down Woods Creek on an inner tube.
The perpetrator of the armored car robbery, Anthony Curcio, was eventually caught and sentenced to 5-years in prison. A golden child growing up, Curcio was a star athlete in high school, and went on to play sports in college. After becoming injured, Curcio became addicted to painkillers, which led to his eventual downfall.
Out of prison now, Curcio has recently worked with Commander Pat Slack of the Snohomish Regional Drug and Gang Task Force, speaking at various high schools about his experiences.
Quenzer shared that Buzzell is an expert when it comes to video extraction and utilizing technology to advance investigations.
“He was also recognized last year by the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s office for his contributions to the Jayme Biendl homicide investigation in which he collected and viewed well over 60 CDs and DVDs of video that he summarized and indexed, which was very helpful to the prosecutors,” said Quenzer.
Monroe Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl was killed by inmate Byron Scherf in January of 2011. Scherf, already serving a life-sentence at the time of the murder, was given the death penalty last May.
Buzzell has had extensive experience being involved with noteworthy cases.
Shortly after becoming a detective, in 2002, Buzzell was the lead investigator on the Starbucks armed robbery case in which the robbers held up the Starbucks located in front of the Monroe Fred Meyer at the corner of U.S. 2 and S.R. 522. The robbers, a woman and a man, held the baristas at gunpoint and forced them to help serve coffee to customers via the drive-through window to obtain additional cash.
“That was their downfall, by the way,” said Quenzer.
The suspects were apprehended within about a week, after they were positively identified by a witness.
“It is with great pride that I present Detective Buzzell with this 20-year badge in recognition of his dedication, professionalism, and integrity in serving this department and the citizens of Monroe,” said Quenzer.
Buzzell’s wife Cherie’ pinned on the detective’s 20-year badge.