West Seattle blog reported this morning that no one—scratch that, one person—actually attended a public meeting last night that was held as part of Mayor Murray's search for a new police chief. The object of these meetings is to get community feedback, but no community was there to feedback anyone.
It’s a question almost no one in West Seattle wanted to answer in public, apparently: What do you want in a new Seattle Police Chief?
Thursday night, the citywide tour seeking answers to that question made its West Seattle stop, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. We counted one member of the general public. The participant wanted a chief who will support the officers, and who will talk about the positive things police do in the community, on and off the job.
Whoops. I guess having a flow chart doesn't mean anything if you don't do enough outreach? Or maybe the general public isn't taking this seriously enough? Surely the issue is not that the people in this city don't want to have any input on their future chief of police. Humans of the 206: If you'd like to show up to any of the rest of these meetings, the schedule is right here and below the jump.
Rainier Valley Saturday, February 1, 12-2 p.m. Van Asselt Community Center, Multi-purpose Room 2920 S Myrtle St
Lake City Tuesday, February 4, 6-8 p.m. Pinehurst K-8 School, Lunchroom 11530 12th Ave NE
Ballard Wednesday, February 5, 6-8 p.m. Nordic Heritage Museum, Auditorium 3014 NW 67th St
Downtown Thursday, February 6, 6-8 p.m. Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Reception Room 600 Fourth Avenue