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It's a shame that the OPA can't do it's job just because of a contract the Mayor should never have signed with the Police Guild.

Not that police don't have difficult jobs, but this continuing farce helps nobody.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 31, 2008 6:14 PM

Wow, so you're subject to a performance review. Kind of like that thing you do. Oh, the humanity!

Seriously, stupidest "protest" ever. You are not a Supreme Court justice, you privileged ass. At least make your argument be that the board should be truly independent, instead of pretending like a political appointment wouldn't be, you know, POLITICAL.

”Not seeing the importance of having a review board member continue on [is] disturbing.”

You clearly don't think it's all that important, either, or you would fucking REAPPLY.

"We're concerned retribution, or perceived retribution, could have a chilling effect on the oversight process," Bible says.

Uh, James? Sounds like it already has:

Secrest plans to devote more time to her role as the Vice-President of the Seattle NAACP, where she will have more freedom. “The gag order [will] be off,” she says. “No more holding back.”

If only there were some kind of "interview" process coming up where Secrest could defend her decisions...

Posted by w7ngman | March 31, 2008 6:57 PM

It appears Josh Feit lost his balls and doesn't want people to comment on his "I quit" thread.

Nevertheless, I'm going to anyway.

Josh - congrats on the begin decision and your new beginning (in a month to come). It was a pleasure reading your work and The Stranger will have a hard time replacing you. The Stranger has an amazing staff and every time there is a shift it's hard to figure out exactly what the next steps will be and how coverage will go.

Congrats again!

Posted by Sam | March 31, 2008 9:03 PM

I am going to have to second @3's sentiment, Josh you have single handedly given me faith in local political reporting. When most papers are content to focus on the superficial beauty contest that is national politics you, from 5-4 to counter intel, have consistently gotten down and dirty to help inform us the cesspool of ungrateful stranger readers

I for want to thank you

Posted by vooodooo84 | March 31, 2008 10:02 PM

I don't get the Secrest resignation. If she wants to stay on OPARB, she should reapply. If she doesn't, she shouldn't say she was forced out. She got a cold shoulder from a former cop (Burgess). So what? She should see it as a badge of honor, not a reason to quit. If she didn't get resistance, it would be a sign she wasn't doing her job.

Posted by Trevor | March 31, 2008 11:03 PM

1. Josh, great work, better political reporting than the PI or the Times.

Thanks. Do hope you will stay around. What in the world could possibly draw you back East??

2. Secrest:
yup, go thru the interview process and blast 'em as appropriate. And a "gag order"? WTF? What was she holding back? She's supposed to blow the whistle not shut herself up.

Posted by unPC | April 1, 2008 9:34 AM

she should reapply. if tim is going to cut her, let it be on him, not her.

Posted by infrequent | April 1, 2008 10:37 AM

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