Assistant Seattle Police Chief Mike Sanford has decided to retire as the department undergoes major changes.

Sanford sent an email to Interim Chief Harry Bailey announcing his retirement:

Chief Bailey,

I wish to inform you of my intent to retire from the Seattle Police Department effective march 31, 2014. I have asked Captain Chris Fowler to be the Acting Assistant Chief over the Professional Responsibility Bureau during my absence. I will be utilizing leave to take care of personal matters between now and that date. It has been an incredible honor to be a Seattle Police Officer for the past almost thirty years. I will work through Captain Nolan to file the appropriate paperwork. I wish you the very best as our new Chief.

My best,


Sanford joined the department in 1984. Most recently he's taken the lead in implementing reforms stemming from the Department of Justice's findings.

According to the email, he's asked Captain Chris Fowler to be acting assistant chief in his absence.

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