Former Boston police commissioner a candidate for SPD job



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Posted on April 24, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 24 at 5:35 PM

A former Boston Police Commissioner is a candidate to become Seattle's next police chief.

Kathleen M. O'Toole, 59, is one of four candidates still under consideration, according to a source familiar with the search.

Late this afternoon, Mayor Ed Murray said he'd hoped all of the names would remain confidential until the finalists took a competitive test required under the city charter and the search committee sent him a final list.

"Until this morning, I didn't know who any of the candidates were, I found out when the news article came out about one of the candidates.  Right now, I don't know who the other candidates and/or applicants were. We're trying to let this process go through," said Murray

Search committee co-chair Ron Sims said they're still vetting the candidates and may visit some of their home cities before sending the mayor their list of three finalists in early May.

O'Toole rose through the ranks of the Boston Police Department to become commissioner, a job she held from 2004 to 2006. In 2008, she moved to Ireland to become chief inspector of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate, an oversight body responsible for bringing reform, best practice, and accountability to the Irish national police service. She currently runs a consulting firm and serves on the board of Netwatch, a technology company founded in Ireland.

The Seattle Times was first to report O'Toole's name.

Calls to O'Toole were not returned.

Mayor Ed Murray's 12-person search committee began meeting with a pool of 10 candidates on Monday. The search committee plans to narrow the list to three finalists by early May, according to Pramila Jayapal, the committee's co-chair.