Meet Our Staff

Leadership

Andrew Myerberg, Director

Andrew Myerberg was sworn in by Mayor Tim Burgess November 21, 2017 to serve as the first OPA Director under the new police accountability legislation adopted in May 2017. Andrew leads the work of OPA by overseeing the intake, classification, and investigation of complaints, certifying investigative findings, suggesting modifications to Seattle Police Department policies, and making recommendations on discipline to the Chief of Police.

Andrew came to OPA from the Seattle City Attorney's Office, where he was the lead attorney for the City in the Consent Decree over the Seattle Police Department and provided legal advice to City departments on criminal justice and law enforcement issues. Andrew also previously served as legal counsel to the Seattle Community Police Commission.

Andrew has a Juris Doctorate from American University's Washington College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College.

Anne Bettesworth, Assistant Director of Public Affairs & Policy

Anne oversees OPA's work in the areas of policy, outreach, government affairs, and communications.

Anne came to OPA from the Seattle Community Police Commission, where she provided strategic policy advise to help the Commission fulfill its responsibilities under the Consent Decree. Her previous professional experience also includes working for the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the American Psychological Association's Science Government Relations Office, and the Office of Congressman Jim McDermott. 

Anne has a Master's in Public Administration from The George Washington University and a Bachelor's in Political Science from the University of Washington.

Gráinne Perkins, Assistant Director of Investigations, Research & Training

Gráinne oversees the strategic and administrational management of investigations conducted by a team of sworn and non-sworn investigators. She is responsible for conducting sensitive and complex investigations relating to complaints involving senior ranking Seattle Police Department personnel and develops the continuous professional training for investigative personnel. Her work ensures standards and ongoing professional development across the OPA team.

Gráinne spent 15 years as an operational police officer and detective investigating serious offenses including homicide and organized crime. Her professional experience ranges from community policing in Ireland to international work with Interpol. Her ethnographic doctoral research involved over 900 hours examining the risk and danger encountered by members of the South African Police Service in their daily routines. Gráinne is an adjunct professor at Seattle University.

Dr. Gráinne Perkins holds a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cape Town, a Masters in Public Administration from Ulster University, a Masters of Criminology from Queen's University Belfast, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from University College Dublin, Ireland.

Civilian Staff

OPA has 11 additional civilian staff members who conduct a variety of functions, including administrative tasks, community engagement, policy and data analysis, operational management, and investigations.

Sworn Staff

OPA has nine SPD sergeants on staff who conduct administrative misconduct investigations. They generally serve at OPA for a few years before rotating to a different SPD assignment.