INDIO, Calif. -

The Indio Police Department's 19th police chief was sworn in Tuesday.

Michael R. Washburn, a 30-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department, takes over from retiring Chief Richard Twiss.

``Captain Washburn has risen steadily through the ranks in Seattle and we believe he's uniquely qualified to succeed Chief Twiss here in Indio,'' said Indio City Manager Dan Martinez. ``This is another example of our city attracting top talent from throughout the nation.''

Washburn started his career in 1986 as a patrol officer in Seattle, rising through the ranks in the department's Anti-Crime Team, Juvenile Unit, Investigations Bureau and Violent Crimes Section. His time in Seattle also included posts as precinct commander and a stint as interim assistant chief from December 2013 to March 2015.

``I am extremely pleased to be joining this highly professional department, which has been lauded for its innovative approaches to policing and community engagement,'' Washburn said. ``I look forward to helping continue that positive momentum and serving the fine residents of this city.''

An official swearing-in ceremony will be held during the Indio City Council's Sept. 7 meeting.