Police Chief Search

Police Chief Search Announcement

Seattle's Next Police Chief

Few issues are more important than public safety and keeping families in our City safe. The next police chief must be committed to continuing to build an accountable, diverse police department focused on meaningful and lasting reforms and building trust in the community they serve. Our efforts will be developed and implemented with input and leadership from Seattle neighborhoods and communities.

The Search Process

Mayor Durkan launched a national search process to find the best candidate for the permanent police chief.

In December, Mayor Durkan announced the 25 members of her Search Committee. Led by four co-chairs, the diverse Search Committee will host a series of community meetings to collect community input and create the Chief’s job description in late January and February 2018. Following this series of community engagement, the Search Committee will work with a national search firm to gather and screen applications in the Spring of 2018.

In May 2018, a list of names will be submitted to Mayor Durkan, who will select from the list by June 2018.

Community Meetings & Community Input Survey

During early 2018, an extensive community outreach process will launch to allow Seattle residents to share their thoughts on the personal characteristics and professional experience that are most important for the individual leading our police.

Our community members have a critical role to play in helping to recruit the next Chief of Police. Throughout March, the City will be organizing a number of community meetings and workshops to make sure that all Seattle residents have an opportunity to share their thoughts about what characteristics and experience is needed in Seattle's next police chief. A full list of workshops and community meetings is provided below.

In addition, residents can complete a quick online survey. Through this online survey, community input will be utilized to target recruitment efforts when evaluating applicant's knowledge, skills, abilities and personal characteristics.  This information will also be used to develop interview questions.

UPDATE: The community input survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated and let us know what they'd like to see in Seattle's next Police Chief!

Community Input Workshops

Tuesday, March 6th

Southwest -  South Park Neighborhood Association
8201 10th Avenue South, Suite 6 
Seattle, WA 98108-4449

Wednesday, March 7th
Southwest - Southwest Teen Life Center
2801 SW Thistle St
Seattle, WA 98126

Thursday, March 15th
East - Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98122

Friday, March 16th
Southeast - Rainier Beach Community Center
8825 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

Tuesday, March 20th
West - Queen Anne Community Center
1901 1st Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119

Wednesday, March 21st 5:30pm-7:30pm North - Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Friday March 23rd
North - Loyal Heights Community Center
2101 NW 77th St
Seattle, WA 98117

Wednesday, March 28th

West - Chinatown International District Community Center
719 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

Thursday, March 29th
South - Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

Friday, March 30th
North - Laurelhurst Community Center
4554 NE 41st St
Seattle, WA 98105

Community Meetings

Saturday March 3rd

Somali Community Center
8810 Renton Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

Wednesday March 14th
Seattle Vocational College
2120 S Jackson St, 4th floor room 401
Seattle, WA 98144

Thursday March 22nd
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
105 14th Ave, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98122

Friday February 23rd
South Park Neighborhood Center
8201 10th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

You can email any feedback to chiefsearchinfo@seattle.gov.