Memorial Service for IACP Past President Steven Harris


Steven Richard Harris, age 68, died in a tragic head on collision on Sunday evening August 24, 2014, leaving his wife, Margaret “Magi” Harris, of 50 years seriously injured, their two beloved dogs, Lily and Jake also perished. Two other vehicles were involved in the accident with the 16  year old driver of the head on vehicle also losing his life and a women in the third car who was not injured. This horrific accident occurred just outside of Redmond, Washington where Steve and Magi have resided and worked for more than thirty years.

In 2009 Steve retired after 42 years of police service and 28 years as Chief of Redmond Police. During his tenure as police chief, he served in many national leadership roles including as a member of the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies and as President of the International Association of Chief of Police. 

After his retirement, Steve engaged in security and management consulting but primarily continued his passion for waterfowl hunting, working and being with his dogs and various activities with family.  Steve especially enjoyed being with grand, great grandchildren and other young relatives, hunting, fishing, working a camp or ranch, and boating.  Steve was always outgoing, gregarious and engaging. He loved to dance and had a remarkable smile and laugh. He will be missed by his family, many friends and colleagues.

Steve is survived by his wife Magi, daughter Stefanie, her husband, Zak Martinkosky, two sons, Max and Lex, son Scott and his wife Lauri, daughter Claire, Scott’s other daughter Bailey, husband Taylor, daughters Kamryn and Jayden. Steve is survived by his brother James H.  Harris and his wife Nancy, Aunt Helen Harris, cousin Craig Harris, father-in-law, Claude Coffey, sisters-in-law Susan and husband Frank, Debbie and husband David Heinz, brother-in-law Robert Coffey and wife Kathy and their families.          

A Memorial Service celebrating Steve’s life will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Washington Cathedral in Redmond, WA.  The service will begin at 1pm and reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers donations in honor of Steve's life to the Redmond Police Department's Benevolent Fund or Ducks Unlimited would be appreciated. Specifics on how to donate to these charities below.

The first charity is the Redmond Police Officer Benevolent Fund which supports police officers and their families during times of need. 
To donate, please send your checks and let them know that you are donating in honor of Chief Harris.

Checks payable to:
Redmond Police Benevolent Fund

Mail checks to:
Redmond Police Benevolent Fund
c/o Redmond Police Department
Shawn Mary Fitzpatrick
8701 160th Ave NE
Redmond, WA  98052

The other charity that was near and dear to Steve was Ducks Unlimited. Your gift to Ducks Unlimited will help conserve and protect endangered waterfowl habitat throughout North America. Through conservation efforts, DU is committed to filling the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

To donate, you can go online at and donate in memory of Steve Harris.