The search for Seattle’s next police chief has been narrowed down to 10 candidates, says one of the people heading the search for the city’s next top cop. And none of them are from Washington state.
Pramila Jayapal, one of the co-chairs of the committee searching for the new Seattle Police Department chief, said all 10 candidates are from outside the state of Washington.
According to the official job description posted by Mayor Ed Murray’s in March, the position calls for a "transformative Chief" with a "proven history of instituting department cultural change and reform."
This comes amidst SPD reforms outlined in a Consent Decree between the City of Seattle and the Department of Justice.
The federal monitor overseeing the reforms recently issued a scathing report, saying the police department was slow to change, in part because of resistance in the top ranks.
The job description states that "the new Chief must be: ethical, confident approachable, and hard working." It goes on to add that the future SPD chief must "inspire" the department and treat "all people with dignity, civility and respect."
The city has contracted Bob Murray & Associates to conduct the search. The job description was directly influenced by the Community Advisory Committee put together by Mayor Murray.
KING 5's Linda Byron contributed to this report.