Council reconfirms Anne Levinson as police oversight auditor
Seattle - City Council unanimously confirmed retired Judge Anne Levinson as the Civilian Auditor for the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA).
The City's civilian police oversight structure is a three prong system. They include:
"With the establishment of the Community Police Commission and confirmations of the OPA civilian Auditor and Director completed, we finally have these positions solidified as we move forward with the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement and search for a new Police Chief," said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee. "Judge Levinson has been a leader in advancing policy changes to the police accountability system. I value her candid and objective assessments and fearless reputation to bring forward issues that will bring long-lasting positive changes to the Seattle Police Department."
"Strong, independent civilian oversight enhances the public's trust and confidence in the Police Department and helps ensure that the Department's culture fosters respect for the law, a commitment to upholding the rights and dignity of community members and continuous dedication to improving the quality and effectiveness of policing," said Judge Levinson.
The OPA Auditor is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The Auditor is eligible to serve up to three three-year terms.