Kathryn Olson, director of the Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability, oversees all internal discipline of Seattle officers. Paid $146,467 a year as a civilian member of the SPD and appointed in 2007, her three-year term expired in May 2010.
Olson is still working full time. But is the mayor going to reappoint her? Recommend someone else?
Nobody seems to know. Repeated calls to Mike McGinn's office today have managed to extract zero information. Staff for Seattle City Council member Tim Burgess, chair of the council's public safety committee, says that they are expecting some proposal—but they don't know when.
Not everyone is satisfied with Olson. For instance, some civilians have privately criticized her choice to train officers with a "Perspectives in Profiling" class—considered by some to be the most milquetoast class for law enforcement on racial profiling. The decision whether to reappoint her comes at a time when, as most everyone in the city knows, the SPD has faced heightened scrutiny relating to several controversial incidents. Some argue that the city needs a fresh pair of eyes on misconduct investigations. While data is not yet compiled for last year, in 2009, OPA closed 198 cases involving 390 allegations of misconduct. Twelve percent (of the 198 cases) were sustained and there was some sort of non-disciplinary training for another 12 percent of the allegations.
Olson did not immediately reply to an email for comment. She is currently the president of National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE).