Chief Michael F. Knapp

Photo of Chief Michael F. KnappMr. Knapp was born and raised in the San Francisco area and is a graduate of San Jose State University and Santa Clara University School of Law. He was appointed a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1971 and was promoted into the Senior Executive Service as the Deputy Chief, Office of Public and Congressional Affairs, FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C., from which he retired in 1997.

He is a former police officer with the Milpitas, California Police Department and a Deputy Sheriff with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. Mr. Knapp was Chief of Police for the City of Medina, Washington between 1998 and 2003, and was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Ferndale, Washington in September 2005.

Mr. Knapp is a member of the California Bar Association and is a graduate of the 100th Session of the FBI National Academy and the Foreign Service Institute, United States Department of State. He served in the United States Army.

Chief Knapp serves on the board of the Bellingham-Whatcom County Domestic Violence Commission; the Whatcom County Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board; Whatcom County Medical Examiners Advisory Council; The Northwest Regional Drug Task Force Executive Board; The Boys and Girls Club (Ferndale Branch) Advisory Board, and the Ferndale Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors. He also acts as Judge Advocate for American Legion, Post 154 and is the current chair of the Whatcom County Sheriff and Police Chiefs Association.