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Fri May 16, 2014

Which One Will He Pick? Murray To Declare Police Chief Monday

"X" marks the spot on Monday ahead of Mayor Murray's announcement of the next police chief.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is expected to announce his pick for the city’s next police chief.

Who Murray chooses to lead the department faces a tough road ahead. The new chief will be tasked with meeting the Department of Justice’s demands while restoring the community’s faith in the department and appeasing the rank and file.

The final three are Kathleen O'Toole, former police commissioner of Boston, Robert Lehner, police chief in Elk Grove, California, and Frank Milstead, police chief in Mesa, Arizona.

KUOW’s The Record featured these candidates and people familiar with their style. Those interviews are compiled below. 

Kathleen O'Toole
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May 6: KUOW's Marcie Sillman talks with USA Today reporter Donovan Slack about Kathleen O' Toole's role as Boston Police Commissioner. Slack covered police and city hall at the Boston Globe from 2003 to 2011.
May 15: KUOW's Ross Reynolds speaks with Kathleen O'Toole about low-level crime enforcement and her experience working with the Justice Department.

Robert Lehner
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Ross Reynolds talks to Robert Lehner, the police chief in Elk Grove, California. Lehner is one of the three remaining candidates vying for the position of Seattle police chief.
Ross Reynolds talks to Mesa, Arizona police chief Frank Milstead about the challenges he would face if he's chosen to be the next Seattle police chief. Milstead is one of three candidates vying for the position.
Frank Milstead
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Marcie Sillman talks with Arizona Republic reporter Gary Nelson about Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead, who is a candidate to become Seattle's next police chief.
Ross Reynolds sits down with former interim Police Chief Jim Pugel to reflect on his 31-year career with the Seattle Police Department, the future of policing and his current work with the Open Society Foundation.