Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell

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Jan 21 2010

Seattle’s Top Cop: Selection Committee Begins Work

Selection of Seattle’s Police Chief will be one of the most important appointments made by Mayor Mike McGinn during his first term. Several months ago, Mayor McGinn’s transition team took the first steps by contacting the same people that former Mayor Nickels had chosen to serve on the Police Chief Selection Committee in September 2009. Additionally, Mayor McGinn added four new members. As one of the four, I have been asked and agreed to serve on this important Selection Committee.

My Criteria. While I am committed to help in the search for the person best suited to be Seattle’s Chief of Police, some of the qualities I will look for in a permanent Chief are below, but I look forward to hearing your perspective:

  • Assertive enforcement of the law
  • Transformational Leader
  • Vast wealth of knowledge in police work
  • Appreciation and respect for diverse communities
  • Strong recognition of preventative measures that lead people to commit crimes
  • Respect for and experience in police accountability
  • Transparency

Inclusive Process. I believe this is an opportunity to have an inclusive process that will bring many people forward. Continue Reading »

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