On May 22, 2018, Mayor Neil Johnson appointed and the Bonney Lake City Council unanimously approved John Vodopich as City Administrator and Bryan Jeter as Police Chief. John Vodopich will assume the role of City Administrator on June 1 following the retirement of current City Administrator Don Morrison. Bryan Jeter will begin employment on June 4 and assume the role of Police Chief on June 17 following the retirement of current Police Chief Dana Powers.
“I am very excited to have Bryan join John and I on the leadership team and pleased to see John accept the role of City Administrator,” said Mayor Neil Johnson. “Both bring a wealth of knowledge and proven leadership that will be a tremendous asset as we work to achieve our goals in Bonney Lake.”
John Vodopich has been with the City of Bonney Lake since August 2007 serving in the capacity of Community Development Director and also serving as Building Official since August 2012. In July 2016, the Community Development and Public Works Departments were reorganized into the Public Services Department and Vodopich was named Director of the newly formed department. Vodopich has more than 30 years of City and County government experience in the State of Washington.
John Vodopich has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and an Extended Minor in Cartography from Western Washington University. Vodopich is certified though the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He currently serves on the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Education Advisory Committee. He also served on the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) from 2007 – 2016. Throughout his career, Vodopich has been active professionally in the American Planning Association (APA); the International City/County Management Association (ICMA); the Planning Association of Washington (PAW); the Washington City Planning Directors Association (WCPDA); and the Washington State Association of County and Regional Planning Directors (WSACRPD).
“Bonney Lake is a great community with a lot of exciting things happening,” said Vodopich. “I am honored to transition into this new role and lead the organization. I want to thank the Mayor and the members of the City Council for their support.”
According to the Bonney Lake Municipal Code, the City Administrator is responsible to the Mayor for the general coordination and supervision of the activities of the various City departments and offices.
Bryan Jeter has nearly 30 years of experience in law enforcement. Jeter started his career in law enforcement in 1988 as a Police Officer for the City of Bonney Lake. In 1997, he served as Metro SWAT Commander before becoming Lieutenant in 1994. In 2001, Jeter was named Police Chief of Bonney Lake. In 2005, Jeter accepted a position within the City of Puyallup Police Department. During his tenure, he served as Metro SWAT Commander, Patrol Commander and Deputy Police Chief before being appointed Police Chief in 2012.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to return to where my law enforcement career started,” said Jeter. “I am appreciative of Mayor Johnson and the Bonney Lake City Council for giving me this opportunity. I am looking forward to working with the men and women of the Bonney Lake Police Department, Mayor Johnson and the City Council as well as the Bonney Lake community.”
Bryan Jeter has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Washington State University and an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement from Green River Community College. Jeter is a graduate of the 211th session of the FBI National Academy and FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. Jeter is also active with the Washington Associations of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Pierce County Police Chiefs Association, FBI National Academy Associates, and the Puyallup South Hill Rotary Club.
According to the Bonney Lake Municipal Code, the Police Chief provides supervision of the police department and serves as the chief law enforcement officer of the city.