It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to Chief Michael Knapp. The members of the Blaine Police Department and the entire City of Blaine would like to share our deepest condolences with the Knapp family and the City of Lynden Police Department during their time of loss.
Chief Michael Knapp passed away November 6, 2019 while surrounded by family. He served with the City of Blaine Police Department as interim chief from November 2017 through July 2018. His service to the Blaine community was a continuation of his lifelong dedication to law enforcement. Knapp’s service to our country began as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. He then joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a special agent assigned to investigate organized crime under J. Edgar Hoover.
After Knapp retired from the FBI he began his career as a chief of police. Chief Knapp was dedicated to improving police departments and bringing new ideas to their communities. In the 9 months that he served as interim chief for the Blaine Police Department, he was able to transform our agency into a better, more open department. He re-forged ties in our community and won over the hearts and minds of everyone who met him. His lasting impact on the police department will be felt for years to come.
Chief Michael Knapp, on behalf of every community you helped, thank you for your time and service to our city, our county and our nation. We are deeply appreciative of Chief Knapp’s family, especially his wife Nancy, who patiently shared him with us for a brief time. His infectious laugh, amazing stories and impeccable professionalism will be sorely missed.
Chief Knapp, you were an inspiration. May you rest in peace.