While the Mayor’s Office has been moving forward with the selection process for a new Chief of Police, the Community Police Commission (CPC) has continued to scrutinize the process used to narrow the candidate list to three — and press for increased transparency.
There was a lot more heat than light today when it came to the blowback from last Friday’s announcement of the three finalists for Chief of Police.
Three days after the finalists for Chief of Police were announced, the controversy doesn’t appear to be dying down. Some more documents have been made public, however, that shed a bit more light on what transpired last week.
This afternoon, the three finalists for the position of Chief of Police were announced: one from Minneapolis, one from Pittsburgh, and one from Austin. All three are men; two are people of color. But the list of three finalists is not sitting well with some stakeholders.
It was a four-meeting day. I’ll write on the Civic Arenas and Budget committee meetings separately, but here’s what happened in the Council Briefing and Full Council meetings (tl;dr: Sawant voted “no” on a bunch of things)
This afternoon, the City Council announced that Lisa Judge has been nominated to serve as the city’s first Inspector General for Public Safety.
Here are some highlights and notes from today’s City Council meetings.
In a press release today, Mayor Durkan rolled out more announcements of department heads who are staying on, as well as two that are resigning.
This morning, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole is resigning as of December 31st.
The City is trying to fill 15 spots on Design Review Boards around the city. This is a great opportunity for grassroots civic participation.
You can find the details, including how to apply, here. The deadline for applications is December 15th.