The woman who has been running the Seattle Police Department’s internal review agency - the Office of Professional Accountability says she's stepping down.
The move comes on the day Kathryn Olson's name was sent to the City Council for official confirmation, even though she's 2 1/2 years into her second three year term.
Olson drew fire from some citizens' groups saying she was too cozy with the cops she was supposed to be overseeing.
Now she says it is simply time to leave. She says the deal with the Department of Justice to install an outside monitor, and the creation of a citizens' police commission, are steps forward. And she looks forward to shaping the citizens' panel in the time she has left.
"Since I am not seeking a third term as I go through the process in advising the commission I don't have any skin in the game so we can really talk about what the options are and the strengths and weaknesses with each model,” she said.
The chair of the Public Safety Committee Bruce Harrell is calling on the mayor to launch a nationwide search for a new head for the Office of Professional Accountability.