Mayor confirms four finalists for Seattle police chief

Mayor confirms four finalists for Seattle police chief

Credit: Elk Grove PD

Mayor confirms four finalists for Seattle police chief

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 25 at 1:17 PM

The field of candidates for Seattle's next police chief has been narrowed to four candidates. Mayor Ed Murray confirmed the names that have been mentioned in media reports.

The four finalists are Elk Grove Police Chief Robert Lehner, Salt River Police Chief Patrick Melvin, Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead, and former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole.

"Each of the candidates identified thus far has the background, the skills and the commitment that Mayor Murray has articulated as critical attributes of the next chief of police - integrity, management experience, the ability to be a change agent and drive reform. All are highly regarded in their communities and each would make incredible contributions to ours," Ron Sims, Search Committee co-chair, said in a release.

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The Elk Grove Police PIO confirmed separately to KXTV in Sacramento that Chief Lehner was an applicant for the job in Seattle.

The committee decided to release all four names after media reports that O'Toole was a finalist in the search.

"While we value the importance of confidentiality to the police chief search, we determined that, with the identities of some candidates now publicly known, a fully confidential process is no longer possible at this stage," said Search Committee co-chair Pramila Jayapal in a release.

At a press conference on Thursday, Mayor Murray shared his frustration over the leak.

"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," Murray said.

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