Angeline Molinaro #487, retired Seattle Police Chief’s Executive Secretary for almost 31 years. She passed away on January 4, 2016 at the age of 101.
Angie was born on June 18, 1914 at home in Newcastle (just south of I-90.) At the time it was a coal mining community. Her dad, an immigrant, worked in the mines for Pacific Coast Coal Company. The company supplied furnace coal to the University of Washington. He moved his family to Seattle in the early 1930’s. Angie finished 12th grade at Cleveland High.
After graduating, she worked a number of short term jobs during the Great Depression.. On February 9, 1942, the Seattle Police Department hired her as an Interim Stenographer. She was one of only fifteen civilian employees on the Department. Over the next ten years she was promoted three times attaining the position of Secretary III. She was assigned to the Chief’s Office under COP George Eastman in 1947. When Eastman retired in 1952 to begin a new career editing the Municipal Police Administration (MPA) text books, he was replaced by COP James Laurence who kept Angie as his secretary. When the Guild was founded in 1953, Angie joined it as a charter member. When Laurence retired in 1961, COP Frank Ramon also kept Angie as his secretary.. After Ramon retired in 1969, the Seattle Police Department had several short term interim Chiefs of Police – Buzz Cook, Frank Moore, Charles Gain and Ed Toothman. They all kept Angie. On January 1, 1970 she was promoted to Senior Secretary. Evidently the brass determined someone had to know how to run the Department. Mayor Wes Uhlman chose George Tielsch to be the permanent Chief at the end of 1970. Six months later, Tielsch promoted Angie to Executive Administrative Secretary to the Chief. Eighteen months later Tielsch left to return to California, so Angie worked briefly for COP Bob Hanson before retiring in late 1973 after 31+ years of service. She immediately joined the Retired Seattle Police Officers Association that was founded about the same time Angie joined the Department.
Angie is survived by her sister Sally Morgan. The family, following Angie’s wish, requested that any memorial donations be made to the Seattle Police Relief Association. Even in passing, Angie still wanted to honor the members of the Department.