Seattle Police Chief

Police Chief Confirmation
10:43 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Kathleen O'Toole: Police Recruit 'The Wrong Type Of People'

Kathleen O'Toole chats with Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess before sitting down to talk with the Public Safety Committee.
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Seattle Police Chief nominee Kathleen O’Toole met with the City Council Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. It was one of several question and answer sessions O’Toole will attend as part of her confirmation process.

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Police Culture
3:36 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Are Police Departments Still Boys Clubs?

Former King County sheriff Sue Rahr in 2008.
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Ross Reynolds talks to Sue Rahr about the issues women face as leaders of police departments. Rahr was the first woman to become elected as sheriff of King County in 2005 and served in that role until 2012.

On Monday Kathleen O'Toole was picked to be the the first female chief of the Seattle Police Department.

Seattle Police Department
2:48 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Chief Nominee O'Toole: 'I Don't Want To Just Tick Boxes'

'X' marks the spot. Kathleen O'Toole was announced as Mayor Ed Murray's nominee for Seattle Police Department chief.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle police chief nominee Kathleen O' Toole about her top priorities for leading the Seattle Police Department.

Law Enforcement
10:47 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Former Boston Top Cop Kathleen O'Toole Picked To Head Seattle Police

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announces Kathleen O'Toole as his nominee for Seattle chief of police.
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Kathleen O’Toole, formerly the Boston police commissioner and Ireland’s chief inspector, has been selected as Mayor Ed Murray's nominee as Seattle's top cop.

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Seattle Police
8:06 pm
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.
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is expected to announce his pick for the city’s next police chief.

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Week In Review
1:59 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Funding Bus Service In Seattle, Universal Pre School And SPD Chief Candidates

Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-NC-ND)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a proposal for saving metro bus service in Seattle,  unveiled a plan to bring universal pre school to Seattle kids, and will determine who will be the new police chief Monday.

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Seattle Police
3:44 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Former Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel Reflects On His Career

Former interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel.
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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.

Police Chief Search
3:06 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

SPD Chief Candidate Has A Long Resume Of Police Reform

Former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole at a press conference in 2005. O'Toole is a candidate for Seattle Police chief.
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Ross Reynolds talks to Seattle Police Chief candidate Kathleen O'Toole about low-level crime enforcement and her experience working with the Justice Department. O'Toole is one of the three candidates for Seattle Police Chief. Mayor Ed Murray will announce his final decision on Monday.

Seattle Police Chief
2:59 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Chief Candidate Calls Seattle Police's Lack Of Technology 'Shocking'

In this file photo from 2005, then Phoenix police Lt. Frank Milstead describes the circumstances surrounding an arrest.
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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. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will announce his decision on Monday.

Seattle Police Chief
2:33 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Candidate For SPD Chief Was A Reformer In Eugene, Ore.

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.

Police Chief Search
3:15 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Seattle Police Chief Candidate Had Brief, Turbulent Career In Boston

Former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole at a press conference in 2005. O'Toole is a candidate for Seattle Police chief.
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Marcie Sillman talks with USA Today reporter Donovan Slack about former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O' Toole, who is a finalist to become Seattle's next police chief. Slack covered police and city hall at the Boston Globe from 2003 to 2011.

Top Cop
5:15 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

The Three Finalists For Seattle Police Chief

Three candidates remain in the running to become Seattle’s next police chief.

Search committee co-chair Ron Sims says the short list became shorter by one candidate after the committee gave the four original finalists a written exam, conducted reference and background checks, and did intensive site visits.

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Interim Chief
9:15 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Mayor Murray: Seattle Police Shakeup Avoids 'Collision Course'

Retired Seattle Police Assistant Chief Harry Bailey will take the helm.
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, sworn in on Monday, wasted no time hiring a new interim police chief: Former Assistant Chief Harry Bailey.

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Social Issues
9:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Seattle's New Interim Police Chief, And Comedian Don Rickles

Comedian Don Rickles at onstage at The 2012 Comedy Awards in New York.
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A Conversation With The Interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel
Last year, there was extensive property damage during the May Day protests. A recent report cited a lack of a clear communication structure at the Seattle Police Department. Interim Chief Jim Pugel says this year there will be one commander in charge with very clear lines of communication.

Comedian Don Rickles
Don Rickles has been a stand-up comedian for more than 60 years. He’s worked with Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks. He was a regular fixture on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and he still appears on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. He ribs Democrats and Republicans. He roasted Ronald Reagan at his inauguration. With Don Rickles, no one is safe.

Climate Change Could Bring More Vineyards To Washington
A recent analysis on the impacts of climate change had good news for prospective grape growers in Washington. Climatologist Nick Bond says there should be an overall increase in suitable habitat in western North America at higher elevations. That is as long as the forests and animals currently living there don’t mind.