Paul Dockendorff

Paul Dockendorff formed Northwest Security Services Inc. in 1982. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington and served in the Naval Submarine Service.

Before Paul established NWSS, he was employed by general contracting firms as a superintendent with quality control responsibilities including project security.  Paul recognized the need for increased security standards and quality control.  NWSS was formed from his vision to become the highest quality security provider in the region.   As a past president of the Washington State Security Council, Paul was instrumental in the development of the first Washington State Security Guard Licensing Program.

Throughout the years, Paul's enthusiasm and commitment to exceptional security services continue to set us apart from other security providers in the Puget Sound area.       

Stephen Barger

Stephen visits with clients regularly and meets with NWSS management staff daily to monitor performance and effectiveness in responding to client needs.

Stephen joined NWSS in 1998 and successfully worked in nearly every operational and management position before becoming president in 2006.  In January, 2010, Stephen became an owner of NWSS.  He is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP).  He currently serves on the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Education Committee. In addition, he is an active member of the Seattle Police Department's West Precinct Security forum, the Hotel Security Alert Network, and executive board member of the Eastside Security Forum.

He also has specialized training in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) and is a Washington State Certified Trainer.

Jeremi Ross

Jeremi Ross brings extensive relevant academic credentials, as well as front line security and NWSS supervisory experience, as a trusted and capable member of our management team. Jeremi joined NWSS in April of 2012 while working concurrently on his master’s degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati and serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem for the Pierce County Juvenile Court.

After completing his master’s degree, and while being swiftly promoted up through the NWSS ranks, first as a patrol officer, then a field supervisor, in late 2013 Jeremi began his pursuit of a Doctorate of Philosophy in Criminal Justice with a focus in Homeland Security at Capella University.  While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Jeremi actively interned with the University of Washington Police Department, participating in campus active shooter and other police training scenarios, and came highly recommended by those who worked with him.

Jeremi is a Washington State Certified Trainer, completed his SHRM-CP certification, and is a Washington State Patrol trained fingerprint technician.

Kevin Currier

Kevin leads an operation’s team of managers and supervisors providing quality service to over 300 clients in the Puget Sound Area. Responsibilities include evaluation of operational objectives, development of professional business relationships, logistical support and post order administration. Kevin reports directly to the president and together they meet regularly with clients, vendors and employees to ensure effective performance and adherence to contractual service obligations.

Kevin joined NWSS in 2017 after spending the past 11 years in business and consumer financial management. With a degree in business finance from the University of Phoenix, Kevin brings over 14 years of retail and financial management experience to his position. He holds a strong belief in leading through service and has a track record of leading his teams to best in class service levels across multiple industries.

Outside of the office, Kevin is a grade 8 USSF referee, past president of the Black Diamond Maple Valley Kiwanis Club, and an avid hiker in the great northwest having successfully summited Mount Rainier in June of 2012.

Jim Richards

Jim joined NWSS in 2002 as a security officer.  In January of 2006, he was promoted to Patrol Officer and then promoted to Field Supervisor in April of 2007.  In 2015, he was promoted to Field Operations Manager.  He graduated from Shorewood High School and was elected the V.I.C.A. (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) Club President in his junior and senior years.  Jim joined the Boy Scouts of America in 1989, was elected to the Order of the Arrow in 2000, was awarded Eagle Scout in 2002, and still volunteers as an adult leader in a local troop today.  He is a Washington State Certified Trainer and a Washington State Patrol trained fingerprint technician.

David Johann

David Johann joined NWSS in July 2010.  He was quickly promoted to patrol officer and then to Patrol Operations Manager in 2011, then Field Operations Manager in June 2012, and transitioned back to Patrol Operations Manager in 2015.  David has an extensive background in the security industry, providing excellent service in several positions ranging from security officer, bicycle patrol officer, patrol officer, operations supervisor, account management, V.P of Sales and Marketing, and Assistant Branch Manager in the Seattle Metropolitan area. David has an Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies with an emphasis on team dynamics and leadership in the marketplace, and is currently pursuing a degree in Pastoral Counseling.  David is a Washington State Certified Trainer and a Washington State Patrol trained fingerprint technician.

Al Barto

Al Barto joined NWSS in March of 2010 and was promoted to site supervisor in April of 2010.  He was promoted to Patrol Operations Manager in August of 2010 and Business Development Manager in August of 2011.  Al has a Bachelor's Degree in Law, Society and Justice from the University of Washington.  Prior to working for NWSS, he spent five years in various management positions with a national bank.  Al has also obtained his insurance license and is a notary public.

Shannon Poehlman

Shannon started her career in the security industry as a Physical Security Officer in the Chicago Area in 2008. Her subsequent roles included work as a Dispatcher, Squad Driver/First Responder, and a New Officer Trainer. After moving to Seattle in 2012, Shannon began working as a Transit Security Officer in the Downtown Seattle Area, receiving a promotion to Security Monitoring Operations Technician in late 2012. Shannon later finished her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at the University of Washington in 2017 and was immediately hired by her previous company as Recruitment Manager for the Western Washington area.

In May of 2018, Shannon joined the NWSS Management team as Assistant Human Resources Manager, bringing several years of extensive front line physical security and managerial experience to her role. She is tasked with full-cycle recruitment and training of all new officers, in addition to other tasks that utilize her varied and extensive skillset. When she is not working, Shannon loves playing the ukulele, exercising, and working on artistic projects.