McGinn gives in to demands of city council over DOJ police monitor

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on October 22, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 22 at 7:06 PM

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said on Monday he will give in to the demands of the Seattle City Council and submit the name of Merrick Bobb as the DOJ watchdog over police reform for the Seattle Police Department.

Earlier Monday, the council passed a resolution, demanding Bobb be chosen. McGinn and many of the police staff have said they didn't want Bobb. McGinn said the selection of Bobb will not be liked by police and it will make police reform much more difficult.

The City of Seattle has until Friday, October 26 to submit a name to a district court judge. Afterward, a clerk judge will make the final decision.

The city council and City Attorney Pet Holmes had wanted Bobb, an experienced police reformer, to monitor the Seattle Police Department. Bobb would oversee federally mandated police reforms and report progress to the U.S. Justice Department.

But the mayor and police chief rejected their choice of Bobb, prompting the city council to pass a resolution on Monday demanding the mayor to accept Bobb. And the mayor gave in.

"Let's not choose a divisive candidate. Let's choose a candidate everyone can work with," said McGinn. "The council went a different direction. They felt Merrick Bobb was the best, they took an 8-1 vote. They said that's the city's position.  I think that's a mistake, but it's now the city's position. So I'll work to work on that."

A city attorney spokesperson said the city attorney will talk to the Justice Department about the latest developments and make the selection by this Friday.

KING 5's Linda Brill and Liza Javier contributed to this report.


 

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