The search for Seattle’s next police chief has been narrowed to 10 candidates, all from out of state, according to sources familiar with the search process.
The only internal candidate to apply, Assistant Chief Nick Metz, was among 10 applicants removed from a list of 20 candidates reviewed on Friday by Mayor Ed Murray’s search committee, the sources said, without revealing names of those who remain in contention.
That might be a good thing, according to Dominic Holden's feature in this week's Stranger. "Metz, according to a number of officers, is widely considered more interested in himself and his own relationships than the health of the SPD," Dominic writes. "After the [federal monitor's] report noted there was 'resistance' to reform in the SPD's upper command staff that compromised the settlement agreement, Metz was demoted to captain, only to be promoted again to assistant chief under the Murray administration." (The police department did not respond to Dominic's request for comment about Metz.)