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Proposed Time Outline for Confirmation Hearings for Kathryn Olson

Director of the Office of Professional Accountability 2012


August 29

Receive Clerk File containing the following:

  • Transmittal letter from Mayor Nickels
  • Letter to appointee describing terms of appointment
  • Notice of Appointment
  • Oath of office form
  • Resume of Kathryn Olson
  • Memo relating to background check

September 17

  • Clerk File 312546 Introduced/referred to Public Safety Committee
  • C.F. on referral calendar
  • Clerk posts materials on website
  • All materials distributed to all Councilmembers


September 19 @ 2 p.m.

Initial Public Safety Committee meeting, discussion

  • Discuss Timeline for Confirmation Hearings at Public Safety Committee on 9/19
  • Receive initial feedback from Councilmembers and public
  • Send memo to Mayor’s Office re: next hearing date (Invite the Executive to sit at table at next PSCRT committee meeting)

September 19 – October 5

  • CM and public submit questions to PSCRT Committee/ Jennifer Samuels and Mike Fong


October 8

  • Questions submitted to Kathryn Olson


October 8

  • Press release re:
    • confirmation process and availability of materials, as well as written comment submittal info goes out (at least two weeks prior to meeting).
    • Materials distributed to various public safety, community and neighborhood groups
    • Mayor’s Office
    • Seattle Police Department


October 15 – October 22

  • Research Ms. Olson’s background
  • Call references
  • Write up findings in a memo


October 22

  • Response received from Kathryn Olson
  • Distribute written comments, Olson’s responses and findings to CMs, Mayor’s Office


October 22 – November 1

  • CM Harrell available to stakeholders for input


October 25 @ 9:30 a.m.

Second PSCRT Committee meeting

  • PSCRT Committee meeting  to be coordinated with Council President and Budget Chair
  • Make copies of Ms. Olson’s answers available
  • At meeting: Present appointee (at table: Mayor’s Office), public comment
  • CM Harrell presents findings of research
  • No decision will be made at this meeting

December 5  @ 2 p.m.

Final PSCRT Committee meeting

  • PSCRT Committee meeting to be coordinated with Chair
  • Additional public comment
  • Deliberation
  • Decision, if appropriate

December 10 @ 2 p.m.

  • Final Confirmation Vote (if applicable)

December 10 (Monday)

  • Send out press release


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