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Jan 31 2014

Councilmember Harrell to keynote “Gentrification Through the Eyes of Art”

Media Advisory issued 1/31/14:

Kicking off the recognition of Black History Month, Councilmember Bruce Harrell will keynote an event that uses art to inspire a discussion of gentrification in Seattle neighborhoods. The evening will feature an art exhibit from local painters, sculptors, photographers and hip-hop artists illustrating the impact of gentrification.

What are the impacts of policy decisions and investments by local government? What role does class and education play in the discussion? As a native of Seattle, Councilmember Harrell will speak on the causes and effects of gentrification.

“I have witnessed the disenfranchisement of minorities, elderly and the working class as renters and owners have been driven out of the city they call home,” said Councilmember Harrell. “Our policy decisions must embrace a balanced approach of development while retaining low-income households. We must make our neighborhoods more inclusive to residents of all economic backgrounds.”

WHAT: Through the Eyes of Art (Event Organized by The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle)

WHEN: Saturday, February 1, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: EMP Museum
325 5th Avenue N. Seattle, WA 98109

WHO: Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell
Local Artists

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Jan 27 2014

Councilmember Harrell encourages participation in Police Chief search workshops

Councilmember Harrell encourages participation in Police Chief search workshops

News Release issued 1/27/14:

Councilmember Bruce Harrell today encouraged the public to participate in Mayor Murray’s police chief search process by attending one of the 7 neighborhood workshops, which begin tomorrow. The Mayor’s Community Advisory Committee will engage with Seattleites at the workshops, inquiring about the characteristics the community is looking for in a Chief of Police. If residents can’t attend one of the 7 workshops, feedback is also welcome to be submitted online.

“I encourage neighbors to attend these workshops so we get the most comprehensive feedback possible as we decide the best person to command our police department,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee. “I thank Mayor Murray for undertaking such a comprehensive and community-focused Police Chief search process.”

Seattle City Councilmembers will review the input collected by the search committee both from the workshops and content submitted online. The Council’s formal role in the police chief review process will occur later when the Mayor appoints a candidate and sends to Council for final confirmation. Once the selection is made, visit www.seattle.gov/council for information about how the Council will make its final decision.

Workshop dates and locations:
University District
Tuesday, January 28, 6-8 p.m.
University Heights Center, Room 209
5031 University Way NE

Central District
Wednesday, January 29, 6-8 p.m.
Garfield Community Center, Multi-purpose Room
2323 E Cherry St

Southwest Seattle
Thursday, January 30, 6-8 p.m.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Movement Studio
4408 Delridge Way SW

Rainier Valley
Saturday, February 1, 12-2 p.m.
Van Asselt Community Center, Multi-purpose Room
2920 S Myrtle St

Lake City
Tuesday, February 4, 6-8 p.m.
Pinehurst K-8 School, Lunchroom
11530 12th Ave NE

Ballard
Wednesday, February 5, 6-8 p.m.
Nordic Heritage Museum, Auditorium
3014 NW 67th St

Downtown
Thursday, February 6, 6-8 p.m.
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Reception Room
600 Fourth Avenue

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Jan 27 2014

Seattle City Council seeks candidates for Public Safety Civil Service Commission

Seattle City Council seeks candidates for Public Safety Civil Service Commission

News Release issued 1/24/14:

City Council seeks applicants for appointment as Public Safety Civil Service Commissioner. The Public Safety Civil Service Commission is comprised of three members and each commissioner serves a three-year term. An Executive Director supports the Commission and manages operation of the Commission’s office.

The Public Safety Civil Service Commission serves as a quasi-judicial body, providing fair and impartial hearings of appeals for sworn police and uniformed fire employees involving disciplinary actions, examination and testing, and alleged violations of the City Charter, Personnel Rules and the Personnel Ordinance. In its quasi-judicial capacity, the Commission administers oaths, issues subpoenas, receives evidence, compels the production of documents, questions witnesses at hearings, and issues orders.

The Public Safety Civil Service Commission normally meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month. The regular monthly meetings begin at 10:00 a.m.

Commissioners receive a $5,200 annual stipend as compensation for their work.

Interested candidates should deliver a resume and cover letter by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 3 to Councilmember Bruce Harrell by email (bruce.harrell@seattle.gov), by fax (206-684-8587; provide cover memo with Attn: Bruce Harrell) or by mail to:

Councilmember Bruce Harrell
Chair, Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee
Seattle City Council
P. O. Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025

For additional information, please call Councilmember Bruce Harrell’s office at 206-684-8804 or visit the Commission’s Web site: http:/www.seattle.gov/pscsc/default.htm

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Jan 21 2014

Council allows external hiring for top SPD commanders

Bill adopted to give hiring flexibility for new Chief of Police

News Release issued 1/21/14:

City Council unanimously adopted legislation today to allow the new Chief of Police to hire the best candidates for the top leadership positions of Deputy Chief of Police and Assistant Chief of Police in the Seattle Police Department (SPD). The legislation repealed a 1978 law that restricts the appointment of the top commanders in SPD to the pool of current SPD Captains and Lieutenants. The legislation allows the Chief to hire direct reports from either inside or outside the Department.

“We want the best possible police chief candidates, and this is one additional tool to help achieve truly effective and sustainable reform,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee. “Successful implementation of the Settlement Agreement will require the best leadership possible and ending any resistance to positive change. Removing this hiring barrier sends a strong signal to the people of Seattle that the Department is positively changing.”

“Our police officers deserve the best commanders we can find,” said Council President Tim Burgess. “Whether they come from inside or outside the police department, good leaders will push everyone to work harder to keep our communities safe.”

Of the seven comparably sized West Coast U.S. cities, only Seattle and San Jose disallowed external hires for police command staff prior to the adoption of today’s legislation. The legislation continues to allow internal SPD candidates to aspire to these command assignments.

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Jan 15 2014

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (1/15/14)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 1/15/2014, 2:00 PM

Click here to view the complete agenda:

1. C.B. 117993 (PDF Version)
Relating to police department command staff hiring, amending Section 4.08.060 of the Seattle Municipal Code to allow for the appointment of individuals from outside the department for sworn positions above the rank of captain.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (25 minutes)
Presenter: Peter Harris, Council Central Staff

Supporting Documents:
a. Memo from Councilmembers Harrell and Burgess
b. Council Central Staff Memo

2. C.F. 313367 (PDF Version)
Appointment of Jeffrey G. Rice as member, Seattle Fire Code Advisory Board, for a term of confirmation to November 13, 2016.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter: Assistant Chief John H. Nelsen, Fire Marshal, Fire Department

3. C.F. 313386 (PDF Version)
Reappointment of Marsha Teresa Mavunkel as member, Seattle Human Rights Commission, for a term of confirmation to July 22, 2015.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenters: Patricia Lally, Acting Director, Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR); Catherine Moore, Co-Chair, Seattle Human Rights Commission (SHRC)

4. C.F. 313387 (PDF Version)
Reappointment of Martin Penner as member, Seattle Human Rights Commission, for a term of confirmation to July 22, 2015.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenters: Patricia Lally, Acting Director, SOCR; Catherine Moore, Co-Chair, SHRC

5. C.F. 313413 (PDF Version)
Reappointment of Benjamin Bernard Krokower as member, Citizens’ Telecommunication and Technology Advisory Board, for a term ending January 1, 2016.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter: Erin Devoto, Chief Technology Officer, Department of Information Technology

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Jan 15 2014

Public Safety Committee to vote on New Police Command Staff Legislation

MEDIA ADVISORY: Public Safety Committee to vote on New Police Command Staff Legislation

Media Advisory issued 1/14/14:

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell will call for a committee vote tomorrow to allow the new Chief of Police to hire the best candidates for the important leadership positions of Deputy Chief of Police and Assistant Chief of Police. The bill will repeal a 1978 law that restricts the appointment of the top commanders in the Seattle Police Department (SPD) to the pool of current SPD Captains and Lieutenants. The legislation will allow the Chief to hire direct reports from either inside or outside the Department.

“This legislation will allow selection of the best candidate, whether they have served at SPD or somewhere else,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee. “Internal candidates are in in no way prohibited, and are, in fact, encouraged to apply for leadership positions. We should hire based on merit and need to remove policies limiting our ability to get the best possible candidates.”

Council Bill 117993 was introduced by the committee on December 2, 2013 and a public committee discussion was held on December 4, 2013. The Seattle Police Management Association and Seattle Police Officers Guild, which represents rank-and-file officers, have filed letters to the Seattle Personnel Department Labor Relations Division stating that the changes are a mandatory subject of bargaining and therefore request bargaining.

Memo: Police Command Staff – Appointing Deputy and Assistant Police Chiefs and Chart Comparing Appointment Practices of Seven Comparable Cities on the West Coast

WHAT: Public Safety, Civil Rights & Technology Committee
WHEN: Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Council Chambers, 2nd floor
Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle 98104
WHO: Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell
Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
Peter Harris, Council Central Staff

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