Retired Seattle Police Officers Association

Last Ring

Take a moment to remember our friends and associates who have passed.

Assistant Chief of Police Charles "Ray" Connery #1344 passed away on February 20th at the age of 92.  Ray was hired on the department as a patrolman on March 31, 1952.  He worked in patrol for ten years before being promoted to sergeant just before the World's Fair in 1962.  Four years later Ray was promoted to lieutenant.  The years 1968-1973 were tumultuous times for the department.  The department needed more commanders and administrators.  Ray was made captain in 1968.  A year and a half later he was promoted to assistant chief.  Then after a year he was reduced back to captain.  In October 1973 Chief of Police George Tielsch promoted Ray to major.  He kept his oak leaves for six years.  Then Chief of Police Pat Fitzsimons made Ray an acting assistant chief of police and finally a permanent assistant chief.