City honors retiring police commander who oversaw ‘Mail Order Bride Homicide’ investigation

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Police Chief Greg Wilson with Police Commander Craig McCaul.

Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Greg Wilson recognized retiring Police Commander Craig McCaul during the June 18 City Council meeting. Chief Wilson introduced Commander McCaul’s family members and read a tribute to honor his 31 years of service to the City of Mountlake Terrace Police Department.

The Police Department hired McCaul in 1981. He served as a patrol officer, Detective, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, operations commander and acting assistant chief.

In 1985, the South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce awarded McCaul the Medal of Valor for his actions during an armed robbery. In 1988, Commander McCaul received the Medal of Merit for his overall management of an armed standoff with a homicide suspect. In 2000, Detective Sergeant McCaul oversaw the investigation into the murder of Anastasia King, nationally known as the “Mail Order Bride Homicide.”

“What I admire most about Commander McCaul is his optimistic outlook on life after 31 years of doing this job. He always has a positive upbeat attitude,” Wilson said.

McCaul, his wife Kerri, daughter Kelsey and son Kyle, along with extended family, were on hand for the recognition at the City Council meeting.

“It’s an honor and privilege to recognize Commander Craig McCaul with a plaque,” Wilson said. The plaque states “For Commander Craig McCaul for 31 years of service to the City of Mountlake Terrace 1981 – 2012. During three decades, you served the police profession in many roles and enjoyed many successes. This organization is stronger because of your many efforts. Your wisdom, advice and friendship have strengthened us all.”

McCaul said, “It’s been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Mountlake Terrace for the last 31 years. I’ve developed many valued relationships working under seven different chiefs and four city managers.”

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