Interviews underway in Seattle Police Chief search

Interviews underway in Seattle Police Chief search

Interviews underway in Seattle Police Chief search

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by LINDA BYRON / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 22, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 22 at 2:13 PM

Candidates to become Seattle's next top cop are in town this week for interviews with Mayor Ed Murray's 12-person search committee.

The interviews began Monday and are scheduled through Wednesday. The names of the 10 candidates and the location of the interviews are being kept secret.

The search committee plans to narrow the list to three finalists by early May, according to Pramila Jayapal, the committee's co-chair.

Jayapal said the committee has a "really good pool of candidates."

Murray will pick from the three finalists. The search committee is expected to send representatives to visit the candidates' home cities, according to Vinhn Tang, legislative assistant to Councilmember Bruce Harrell. Harrell is chairman of the council's Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee and is a member of the police chief search committee.

Leadership of the Seattle Police Department has been a major issue in city politics in recent years. The department is implementing new policies in response to a U.S. Justice Department investigation that found problems with how SPD officers used force and treated minorities.

Seattle's last full-time chief, John Diaz, resigned in April 2013, just as police reform was becoming a top issue in last year's mayoral campaign. When Murray took office in January, he replaced interim chief John Pugel with Harry Bailey, a retired SPD officer who was charged with leading the department until Murray and the council pick a permanent replacement.

None of the 10 finalists is from Seattle.

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