Serving the communities of Puyallup, South Hill, Summit View, Sumner, Edgewood, Milton, and Pacific.
Paul Herrera is working to advance public safety, more local jobs, and restoration for our neighbors who are homeless.
Herrera previously served as a Police Sergeant for the Puyallup Tribe for over 20 years. As the Director of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, Herrera worked with Tribal and State Biologists on many environmental studies throughout the South Puget Sound and Washington’s Forests. Additional assignments included School Resource Officer, Pierce County Gang Task Force, Swift Water Rescue Technician, and training in Group Crisis Intervention. Over the years he worked as an undercover Narcotics Detective tracking the trends, habits, and idiosyncrasies of drugs and crime. With these experiences, Herrera gained a respect to the realities of mental illness, drug addiction, and victims of crime.
Herrera served in the Army on Active Duty and Reserves for over 20 years and had a combat deployment to Iraq as a squad leader. Herrera serves as the State Commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was previously selected as Veteran of the Year for Washington State in 2016. He is a Father of two adult children and enjoys scuba diving in the Puget Sound.
Having over 20 years of experience as a police officer, I understand the difficulties corrections deputies face every day. The role that corrections plays in public safety is among the most important that exists. Not only are our corrections officers tasked with housing those who society fears the most, but they are expected to do so in a fair, ethical, and humane way. They are expected to remove emotion from knowledge they have of the crimes committed by those within their care and custody. Now, as an elected official, it is of utmost importance to me that our law enforcement professionals are well compensated and have the tools they need to succeed. This is the first step of many to fulfilling that commitment.
During the same meeting the Council reaffirmed our commitment to the Pierce County Corrections Deputies through Resolution R2022-146. I was honored to have the opportunity to read the proclamation and say a few words in support.
Deciding the future of South Hill
South Hill is the largest census-designated area in the state of Washington and is a community that deserves more attention when it comes to key issues.
Councilmember Hans Zeiger shares about the work being done to study whether cityhood is in South Hill's future, including a $175,000 allocation in the 2022-2023 biennial budget to fund a comprehensive study of the area that would look at its financial base, what services are currently provided by Pierce County, and what services could be provided by a prospective city. To hear more please visit What is the future of South Hill? - YouTube.
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External Boards & Commissions
|External Board or Commission||Position|
|Executive Board of Crystal Judson Family Justice Center (CJFJC)||Alternate|
|Joint Determining Board||Member|
|Performance Audit Committee||Alternate|
|Pierce County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors||Member|
|Pierce County Regional Council||Alternate|
|Pierce County Reserve Officers Board of Trustees||Member|
|Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board||Alternate|
|Puyallup/White River Local Integrating Organization (LIO)||Member|
|South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Elected Officials Council||Alternate|
|Tacoma-Pierce County Health Board||Member|
|Transfer of Development Rights Committee||Alternate|
|Transportation Benefit District||Member|