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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Ask the Mayor to focus on public safety, feature police chief nominee

6/9/2014  2:15:00 PM
John Giamberso, (206) 684-8588
Seattle Channel Communications  (206) 684-8821

Ask the Mayor to focus on public safety, feature police chief nominee

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SEATTLE –You ask, the mayor answers during alive broadcast of Ask the Mayor, 7 p.m., Thursday, June 26 from New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S.

Ask the Mayor's new format features a live audience and a topic of focus during the second half of the hour-long program. During the first half of the show, Mayor Ed Murray will join host Brian Callanan to discuss a range of city issues. Murray will answer questions posed by a live audience as well as viewer inquiries submitted via e-mail and social media.

With Seattle shaken by the latest wave of gun violence, the topic will turn to public safety. Joining the mayor in the conversation will be his nominee for police chief, Kathleen O'Toole. In addition to gun violence, they will address neighborhood crime, progress on police reform and more.

O'Toole, whose appointment by the mayor is expected to be approved by the Seattle City Council on June 23, would be the first female to lead the city's police department. A former Boston police commissioner, O'Toole is currently a public-safety consultant. She served as Boston's first female police commissioner from 2004 to 2006, then until 2012 as chief inspector of the Irish national police after a major corruption scandal.

There is no cost to attend the live Ask the Mayor broadcast, however seating is limited and advance registration is strongly encouraged. Register online at or call (206) 684-8821. Doors open at 6 p.m. with audience instructions at 6:45 p.m. The live show is 7 to 8 p.m.

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To submit questions in advance or during the live broadcast, e-mail,  tweet @SeattleChannel using the hashtag #AskTheMayor or comment on Facebook at

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