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.

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