SEATTLE - The Seattle Police Officers Guild and the Seattle Police Management Association both say their top choice for Seattle's top cop is Rick Braziel, the current police chief in Sacramento, Calif.
"We believe that Chief Braziel has a proven track record in a large department and that's critical" says Rich O'Neill, president of the Seattle Police Guild.
"Chief Braziel would be the best pick at this time for the Seattle Police Department." says Lt. Eric Sano, who heads the Police Management Association.
Asked to rank the three canidates, both union leaders say Braziel is number one, Interim Seattle Police Chief John Diaz is second and Chief Ron Davis from East Palo Alto, Calif. is third.
Both union leaders agree that if Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn decides to choose a chief from within the department, Chief Diaz is the right choice. But, if the mayor goes outside the department, they say Braziel is the better candidate.
Braziel, 50, has two master's degrees and makes a point to ride on patrol in squad cars to see how his department is doing.
The union leaders say Davis doesn't have enough big city experience.
Diaz, who is Latino, has the support of the Latino community. Seattle Latino leadership is not surprised that Diaz is not the unions' first choice.
"Before (former chief Gil) Kerlikowske left, Diaz was not … he wasn't their favorite person because of how he handled disciplined and he was harder," said Estela Ortega, Executive Director of El Centro de la Raza.
McGinn is expected to make his choice by next week. That choice must then be confirmed by the Seattle City Council.