SEATTLE - The Seattle City Council has formally confirmed John Diaz as the city's next police chief.
Following a recent practice of defining goals for new Department heads, the Council also presented written expectations for Diaz. The letter details expectations in four areas: focused and proactive problem-solving policing, leadership and training in de-escalation practices, setting the bar high in cases of misconduct and restorative discipline, and building public confidence through enhanced crime information reporting. The Council requested regular quarterly updates on these items.
"Chief Diaz has served Seattle for 30 years, but the hardest ones may still be ahead of him," said Councilmember Tim Burgess. "I look forward to working with him to improve the department's performance in the areas of concern we have highlighted."
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn issued a statement, saying "I am pleased that Council voted unanimously to confirm John Diaz as Seattle's police chief. There is no question about his commitment to the people of Seattle. We heard from concerned Seattle residents during the confirmation process and we listened to them. Chief Diaz and I are committed to working with the public to improve safety and build strong and safe communities."
Diaz will be sworn in on Monday, August 16 in Seattle City Hall.
Diaz is the first permanent chief chosen from within the department's ranks in more than 30 years.