Interim SPD chief makes more changes to dept.'s top ranks

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by LINDA BYRON / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 6:48 PM

Seattle Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey on Wednesday announced a reorganization of the department's top ranks that included returning a recently demoted captain to SPD's top ranks.

Nick Metz, the deputy to former chief John Diaz, was promoted to assistant chief in charge of compliance.  Just two months ago, Diaz's successor had demoted Metz to captain.

The Metz promotion came a day after Assistant Chief Clark Kimerer's announcement that he was retiring.

Bailey, who sources said was behind Kimerer's retirement, refused to talk about the personnel changes during a press conference Wednesday.

"No, I'm not, I'm not gonna talk," he said. "Nor will you ever see me at any news conference talk about personnel issues.  And so that's just not going to happen."

Bailey instead introduced Tag Gleason as the new head of SPD's compliance office, where he will oversee the department's efforts to comply with mandated reforms outlined in the consent decree reached with the Justice Department in 2012.

The moves come just three weeks after Mayor Ed Murray tapped Bailey to lead the department until a permanent chief is selected, probably in April.

The full slate of promotions and assignments announced Wednesday are:

Assistant Chief Michael Washburn - Chief of Staff

Assistant Chief Tag Gleason - Compliance and Professional Standards Bureau

Assistant Chief Robin Clark - Special Operations Bureau

Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh - Homeland Security Bureau

Assistant Chief Joe Kessler - Patrol Operations Bureau

Assistant Chief Carmen Best - Criminal Investigations Bureau

Assistant Chief Nick Metz - Field Support Bureau
 
Precinct commanders:
 
Captain Chris Fowler - West Precinct Commander

Captain Steve Wilske - Southwest Precinct Commander

Captain Pierre Davis - East Precinct Commander

Captain John Hayes - South Precinct Commander

Captain Dave Emerick - North Precinct Commander

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