Mark Lindquist was a career prosecutor who served for more than 22 years. He focused on keeping our community safe.
After serving as Chief Criminal Deputy, Mark was appointed to be our Pierce County Prosecutor by a unanimous bipartisan vote of the County Council in 2009. He was elected to a four-year term in 2010. He was re-elected in 2014 with 96% of the vote against a write-in candidate.
In the almost ten years Mark served as our Prosecutor, felony crimes in Pierce county went down 18%. Misdemeanor crimes went down 29%.
Using FBI numbers on serious offenses, 2017 crime was up by 7% in Seattle, up by 5% in Washington, but down by 4% in Pierce County.
Because of his proven record of keeping us safe, Mark had enthusiastic, bipartisan support throughout the county.
Democrats and Republicans agree: our community was safer because Mark Lindquist was our Prosecutor.
Prosecutor Lindquist personally prosecuted countless cases, including murder, rape, child molestation, domestic violence, elder abuse, assault, drive-by shooting, DUI, and property crimes.
He led the prosecution team in the conviction of Tyler Savage for the rape and murder of Special Olympian Kimmie Daily. His other trials include the conviction of the Tacoma Mall Shooter.
He believes in high standards, principled stands, and public service. Under his leadership, the office won several awards, including the 2017 “Outstanding Community Service” for the office and “Boss of the Year” award for Mark from the National Association of Legal Professionals, and the “Special Pro Bono Leadership Award” from the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association.
As our Prosecutor, Mark filed a federal lawsuit against Big Pharma to hold them accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic.
Crime went down in Pierce County. This was due, in large part, to Mark’s successful public safety initiatives such as the High Priority Offender Unit (HPO), which focuses resources on the small percentage of criminals who commit a large percentage of the crimes. HPO is an objective, data-driven, crime-fighting tool that reduces bias and reduces crime.
Mark also formed a Gang Unit, an Identity Theft Team, and an Elder Abuse Unit. Pierce County was a leader in the state for vigorous prosecution and prevention of elder abuse. Pierce was one of only nine counties in the entire country to win an award of nearly $400,000 from the United States Department of Justice for a comprehensive approach to reducing elder abuse.
Mark unified the felony and misdemeanor domestic violence units and housed the teams with other partners to better protect victims of domestic violence. This model was a first in the state.
His office was also a leader in the state for the prosecution of “cold cases.” Using advances in DNA technology, his office partnered with Tacoma Police and the FBI to work unsolved homicide and rape cases. The team had several successes, including a murder charge in a 32-year-old case where a 13-year-old girl, Jennifer Bastian, disappeared on a bike ride at Point Defiance Park.
At the state legislature, Mark successfully advocated for laws to increase penalties for drunk drivers who kill, stop the duplication and dissemination of child pornography, and close a loophole that allowed violent, mentally ill offenders to walk free.
Additionally, Mark started and enhanced innovative, therapeutic courts for veterans, non-violent drug-addicted defendants, and those with mental health issues.
Early in his career, Mark was the Team Chief of the Drug Unit. He focused on eliminating methamphetamine labs. Vigorous prosecution and effective partnerships reduced meth labs by more than 90% in Pierce County.
Finally, Mark has long been vigilant in stopping the state from dumping dangerous offenders, particularly sex offenders, from other counties into Pierce County. He fights for us.
In the almost ten years Mark was our Prosecutor, felony crimes were down 18%. Misdemeanor crimes were down 29%.
In his initial years as a deputy prosecutor, Mark worked in Buckley, Eatonville, and Gig Harbor, as well as Tacoma. As the people’s lawyer, he visited community groups throughout the county.
Mark and fellow leaders cultivated a public service culture.
He is active in our community:
Mark is also a nationally-acclaimed author. His books have been bestsellers, including the locally-set novel, “The King of Methlehem.”
A fourth-generation Washingtonian on both the Evans and Lindquist sides of his family, Mark is part of a long and honorable tradition of public service. He and his wife Chelsea, a Tacoma native, live in Tacoma near Stadium High School where Mark’s grandmother, Katherine Reese, graduated in 1926.
Their daughter Sloane will turn nine in the summer of 2019. Sloane, like her parents, enjoys reading, hiking, and sports.