In the wake of Greg Nickels' surprising dethroning, the mayor's office has called off its planned search for a new police chief.
Nickels had assembled a 24-person panel to search for and interview potential candidates for the police chief position vacated by Gil Kerlikowske. Now, Nickels will be leaving the hunt for a new chief up to the next mayor, potentially delaying the process for months.
A list of members of the mayor's now-defunct panel can be found after the jump.
James Armstrong, an attorney and member of the Loren Miller Bar Association Robert Boruchowitz from the Seattle University School of Law Tina Bueche, current member Office of Professional Accountability Review Board Terry Carroll, a former judge and member of Mayor Greg Nickels' blue ribbon panel on police accountability. Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis Louise Chernin of the Greater Seattle Business Association Dave Freiboth of the King County Labor Council Kay Godefroy, Executive Director of the Seattle Neighborhood Group and planner in the city's Drug Market Initiative program. Pramila Jayapal of OneAmerica Ahoua Kone from the Seattle Immigration and Family Law group Roberto Maestas—El Centro de la Raza Michael Malon—Hunters Capital State Senator Ed Murray Seattle Police Officers Guild President Rich O'Neill Cindy Potter of the Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors South Precinct Lieutenant Eric Sano, also of the Seattle Police Management Association King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg Mary Ellen Stone from the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center Kathleen Taylor of the A.C.L.U. Tony To from Homesight Rev. Harriet Walden from Mothers for Police Accountability Rev. Aaron Williams of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Co-Chairs Kate Joncas of the Downtown Seattle Association and Kim Hyeck of the Interim Community Development Association
It's possible that Mayoral candidates Mike McGinn and Joe Mallhan could continue on with the same panel once elected, but it will undoubtedly take some time for a new mayor to get their bearings and move on a search for a new chief. Especially since neither Mallhan nor McGinn seem particularly well versed in public safety issues.
I called both candidates this afternoon to see if they've thought about their police chief problem. While McGinn believes beginning the search for a police chief is "a high priority," he did not give a time line for beginning a search if he is elected. Joe Mallahan's campaign did not return a call for comment.