Denny Behrend is in good company. He has shared the title of deputy U.S. Marshal with such legendary American figures as Wild Bill Hickok, Bat Masterson, and the three Earp Brothers; Virgil, Morgan, and Wyatt.
While not as celebrated as his illustrious predecessors, the Washington native and former Seattle, WA police officer served the Western District of Washington with distinction and valor for twenty-seven years, retiring in 2001.
And, though Denny may not have been famous, some of his cases were; such as that of Christopher Boyce of “The Falcon and the Snowman” fame. Denny was among the team of federal agents that tracked and arrested prison-escapee Boyce, in Port Angeles, Washington and bank robbers Joseph Dougherty and Terry Lee Connors. He also escorted serial arsonist Martin Pang from his safe haven in Brazil to Seattle to stand trial for multiple murders.
Denny is one of the few Deputy U.S. Marshals to receive the prestigious Director’s Award presented by the U.S. Marshal’s Service, not once but twice.
While Denny’s career in law enforcement was stellar, retirement was something less than what he expected. “He flunked it,” says his wife, Gayle, co-C.E.O of Lacey OMalley Bail Bond Agency, the oldest agency in the state (founded 1945). He is currently Lacey OMalley’s Vice President and Director of Public Relations, regularly demonstrating his knowledge and proficiency in marketing, public relations, and the Federal, State, County, and Municipal court systems.
His Expert-level knowledge of the criminal justice system is second to none as is his ability to establish productive working arrangements with its diverse community and officials. He is esteemed by the law enforcement community, the judiciary, and members of the bar. Following Maurice Clemmons’ mass murder of four Lakewood police officers, it was Denny whom members of the media turned for perspective on the bail system that had enabled the killer’s freedom. A distinct honor, in 2010, Denny was selected to serve as a committee chairperson on Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire’s taskforce to implement bail reform. Even the accused and the criminals appreciate him for the respect he has provided as a lawman, and continues to provide as a businessman. It is a belief totally in sync with Lacey OMalley and its core values.
Denny, a board member of CrimeStoppers of Puget Sound, was introduced to Gayle (a former Miss Tri-Cities) by John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted fame. Together they are the proud parents of Denny’s four children (from a previous marriage), and energetically work, play, and generally enjoy their world together. Denny’s life has been, and continues to be, one dedicated to serving others. That’s a good thing…even if he isn’t Wyatt Earp.
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