Seattle’s next Police Chief

Mayor Murray announces Kathleen O'Toole as his nominee for Seattle's next Chief of Police

Mayor Murray nominates Kathleen O’Toole for Chief of Police

Mayor Murray today announced Kathleen O’Toole as his nominee for chief of the Seattle Police Department.

“I made a commitment to find the best possible chief of police for Seattle, and that’s exactly what I have found in Kathleen O’Toole,” said Murray. “The Seattle police department deserves the best leadership possible to drive ongoing reform efforts – not for the sake of reform, and not even for the sake of compliance with the federal court, but because all individuals in this city deserve to feel safe and protected in their communities. We can be a national model for urban policing, and Kathleen O’Toole is the right choice to lead us there.”

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Mayor Murray today announced Kathleen O’Toole as his nominee for chief of the Seattle Police Department.

“I made a commitment to find the best possible chief of police for Seattle, and that’s exactly what I have found in Kathleen O’Toole,” said Murray. “The Seattle police department deserves the best leadership possible to drive ongoing reform efforts – not for the sake of reform, and not even for the sake of compliance with the federal court, but because all individuals in this city deserve to feel safe and protected in their communities. We can be a national model for urban policing, and Kathleen O’Toole is the right choice to lead us there.” Read more…

BIO

Kathleen O'Toole

Kathleen O’Toole is a career police officer and lawyer who has earned an international reputation for her principled leadership and reform strategies.

In 2012, Ms. O’Toole completed a six-year term as Chief Inspector of the Gardia Síochána Inspectorate, an oversight body responsible for bringing reform, best practice and accountability to the 17,000 member Irish national police service.

Prior to serving in Ireland, Ms. O’Toole rose through the ranks of local and state policing in the United States. During her police career, she was assigned to numerous patrol, investigative, undercover, supervisory and management positions. She served as Superintendent (Chief) of the Metropolitan District Commission Police and Lieutenant Colonel overseeing Special Operations in the Massachusetts State Police. She was later appointed Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety (1994) and Boston Police Commissioner (2004).

She was the first woman appointed to all of these senior positions.

PHOTOS

Photos from the May 19, 2014 press event announcing Kathleen O’Toole as Mayor Murray’s nominee for Seattle’s next Chief of Police:

THE SEARCH PROCESS

In January 2014, Mayor Murray launched a national search to find a Police Chief who exhibits the leadership and vision necessary to build effectiveness, accountability and community trust for the Seattle Police Department (SPD).

The search for a new Chief was launched with an extensive public outreach process during January through early-February 2014 to identify a leader who will be challenged to successfully manage police reforms and garner public confidence. The Mayor’s Office hosted seven community workshops throughout Seattle and created an online forum to receive input from Seattle’s diverse communities.

In addition, the Mayor appointed community members to two committees. The 32-member Community Advisory Committee (CAC) represented the diversity of Seattle and provided feedback from a community perspective. A second 12-member Search Committee screened all applicants and presented finalists to the Mayor for his consideration. Community perspectives informed the CAC, Search Committee, and the Mayor’s nomination for the new Police Chief.

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