Mayor Murray released the following statement today on the passing of Seattle Police Detective Bob Peth:
“I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to the many, many people who knew and loved Seattle Police Department Detective Bob Peth, who we tragically lost to cancer earlier this month.
With his undeniable warmth, relatability, and leadership, Bob single-handedly changed the way Seattle Police interacted with the city’s nightlife business community. He lead the development of the pivotal Joint Assessment Team, which sought to establish a more collaborative approach to problem-solving common nightlife concerns. His efforts made him a trusted source within SPD and throughout the community.
For all of his dedicated hard work, which he made look effortless, Bob was twice presented the award for Excellence in Policing.
As an openly gay officer, he was also a role model for our community. He participated in the ‘It Gets Better’ online video campaign, which sought to give hope to struggling LGBTQ youth. On the first day that Seattle recognized full marriage equality, Bob married his then-partner Aaron Fletcher. The two later rode in the Seattle Pride Parade in a patrol car proudly marked ‘Just Married.’”