SPD Police Chief search update: Community outreach report available, Police Chief job description now live

Seattle Police Chief hatThere are two updates today on the search for a new Police Chief for the Seattle Police Department:

  1. The Mayor’s Community Advisory Committee has released a report regarding the community outreach process.
    The report provides a detailed summary of the engagement process and summarizes key themes from the public comments received both through a series of community workshops and through an online town hall. The report was shared with the Mayor’s Search Committee which will inform their process as they interview candidates for the position. Once hired, the new Police Chief will also receive a copy of the report so that he or she will have an immediate and thorough understanding of the concerns and priorities of the citizens of Seattle regarding public safety and trust in law enforcement.
  2. The official job description and online application for the position of Seattle Police Chief is now posted.
    Recruiting firm Bob Murray & Associates was contracted to conduct the search for applicants for the position. Directly influenced by the Advisory Committee’s public outreach, the Search Committee’s job description calls for a “transformative Chief” who shows a “proven history of instituting department cultural change and reform.” The job description reads in part:

    The new Chief must be: ethical, confident, approachable, and hard working. The new Chief must demonstrate a personal commitment to engaging a diversity of community members and forming relationships with all groups based on understanding and compassion. The new Chief must possess the integrity and ability to lead and inspire the officers of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) to do the same by treating all people with dignity, civility, and respect.

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