The mission of the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority is to prevent and reduce motor vehicle thefts in the State of Washington.


There are ten members of the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority. All members are appointed by the Governor to staggered terms. Terms are generally four years with the exception of the first Authority. To establish the staggered appointments, five of the first appointees will serve two year terms.


The Authority consists of the following members:
The executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs;
The Chief of the Washington State Patrol;
Two police chiefs;
Two sheriffs;
One prosecuting attorney;
A representative from the insurance industry;
A representative from the automobile industry;
and One member of the general public. 

The WATPA is comprised of 10 Governor’s appointees as follows:

Mr. Steven Strachan, Executive Director
Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs

Chief John Batiste
Washington State Patrol

Sheriff John Gese

Kitsap County

Chief Christopher Guerrero
Kennewick Police Department

Chief Pete Fisher
Fife Police Department

WATPA Staff:


Michael Painter

WATPA Executive Director

Mr. John Martin
General Public


Auto Industry Representative


Sheriff Rick Scott
Grays Harbor County

Mr. James Skogman
PEMCO Insurance

Rachelle Harwood

Executive Assistant