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Thursday, September 10, 2009

It May Be A While Until We Have a New (Permanent) Police Chief

Posted by on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 3:43 PM

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.


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I don't think we'll have any consensus on a new police chief unless more people are brought to the table.

They should bring back the committee, and double it.

Oh, yeah. All decisions should be made unanimously.
Posted by NapoleonXIV on September 10, 2009 at 4:22 PM · Report this
balderdash 2
Let's put it up to a referendum. We do every other damned thing by referendum up here, so why not?

Ooh, I know. Let's solve one problem with another and make Tim Eyman the chief of police. That way maybe he'll be too busy to work up any more idiot initiatives, and we can be sure no pot cases will ever be pursued because I'm pretty sure he believes laws are illegal. What a fantastic plan!
Posted by balderdash on September 10, 2009 at 4:51 PM · Report this
Fnarf 3
Wait, they're going to STOP LOOKING?

How about a one-man committee, and the new mayor gets to decide when he gets here?

What other city departments are going to just shut down until the new dog tells them what to do?

Nickels: earning that no-confidence vote a little more each day.

Maybe we need to get rid of the mayor, except for ribbon-cutting, and go to a city manager system. You know, someone who knows how to run things. ANY things.
Posted by Fnarf on September 10, 2009 at 5:38 PM · Report this
Becky S. 4
Well, I think it was pretty clear from today's debate that McGinn is the guy who knows how to run things. He has a strong grasp of the issues and on police and crime his comments went beyond more cops blah blah to the root of the problem. He offered ideas to help young people - especially at-risk youth, by offering job and educational opportunities.

Posted by Becky S. on September 10, 2009 at 6:19 PM · Report this
Well, no panic, there is an acting chief and his hat is in the ring for the long haul.

Fnarf is not in danger. All is well, the process will roll on.

ZZZZZZZZZZZ news value, oh wait, Nickels must kill himself to redem him self in the next two or three weeks, oh sure.

I hope he takes all the paid leave days he has on the books, 5-6 week vacation. Do it Greg, you earned them days off.
Posted by No Panic on September 10, 2009 at 7:37 PM · Report this
Anyone notice the dearth of SPD violence towards innocent black men since the Grand Wizard fucked off to DC?
Posted by Gomez on September 10, 2009 at 8:03 PM · Report this
@3 Fnarf -

Really, would you be seeking a position in an org that will be going into major upheaval in the near future? Who would apply for that job?

In my experience with the public sector only the most unschooled and unqualified would apply for a gig like that... We will get better applicants after the election, not before.
Posted by Action Slacks on September 10, 2009 at 11:01 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 8
You know, if our cops are too busy going into federal parks to do drug busts - maybe this is the time to layoff a few of them, while we don't have a top cop ...
Posted by Will in Seattle on September 11, 2009 at 9:56 AM · Report this
Fistique 9
As long as it's not that fucking Valchek.
Posted by Fistique on September 11, 2009 at 10:33 AM · Report this

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