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INTERIM CHIEF OF POLICE - Harry C. Bailey

Chief Harry Bailey

Harry Bailey serves as the Interim Chief of Police of the Seattle Police Department.

Bailey was named Interim Chief on January 8, 2014 and will serve as Chief until a permanent police chief is selected.

Chief Harry C. Bailey began his career with the Seattle Police Department in 1972 and served over 35 years in the Department, retiring in 2007.

Chief Bailey held many roles within the Department, including Operations Lieutenant of the East Precinct, Director of Police/Community Partnerships and a member of the Motorcyle Drill Team. When he retired, Chief Bailey was serving as the Assistant Chief of the Patrol Operations Bureau, which oversaw three police precincts and the traffic section.

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OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY - Director Pierce Murphy

Director Peirce Murphy

Pierce Murphy is the Director of the Office of Professional Accountability

Previously, Pierce spent over 14 years as the Community Ombudsman for the City of Boise in Idaho. As Boise’s first ombudsman, Pierce created Idaho’s first and only civilian oversight of law enforcement agency. In 1972 he began working in law enforcement in both civilian and sworn positions. After receiving his baccalaureate and master degrees, Pierce started a successful career in human resource management and consulting. Pierce has been active professionally in the field of civilian oversight of law enforcement and has advised cities and counties across the United States on this topic.

Mr. Murphy has been the OPA Director in Seattle since July 1, 2013.

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OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT - Director Barb Graff

Director Barb Graff

Barb Graff is the Director of Seattle Office of Emergency Management

Director Barb Graff's responsibilities include managing the multi-hazard interdepartmental emergency management program for the City of Seattle and coordinating its relation to other emergency response agencies and community groups. The program encompasses all phases of integrated emergency management including preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.

Ms. Graff has been the Seattle Director since June of 2005.

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CHIEF OF STAFF - Assistant Mike Washburn

Assistant Chief Mike Washburn

Assistant Chief Mike Washburn is the Chief of Staff.

Assistant Chief Mike Washburn began his career with the Seattle Police Department in December 1986. As a police officer, Washburn worked in the South Precinct in Patrol, as a Field Training Officer, and later in the Anti-Crime Team. In 1993, he was promoted to Sergeant and served as a patrol supervisor, a Community Police Team supervisor, and finally as a Detective Sergeant in the Juvenile Unit.

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COMPLIANCE AND PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BUREAU - Assistant Chief Tag Gleason

Assistant Chief Tag Gleason

Assistant Chief Tag Gleason commands the Compliance and Professional Standards Bureau.

Tag entered service with the Seattle Police Department in 1978. He was appointed to Assistant Chief in 2014. As a captain, to which he was promoted in 1996, he supervised the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)/Missing Persons Unit, the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) Investigations Section, the Violent Crimes Section, the Training Section, the Special Deployment Section, and the West Precinct. As a lieutenant, to which he was promoted in 1992, he supervised the Personnel Division and Community Services Section, and served as a Watch and Operations Lieutenant in the West Precinct. As a sergeant, to which he was promoted in 1989, he served as an investigator in the Internal Investigations Section and as a patrol sergeant in the South and West Precincts. As an officer, Tag worked as a patrol officer in the West Precinct, an instructor at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center, and as a detective in the Special Assault/Sex Crimes Unit. Tag also is an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Seattle University and served in the military as a Russian linguist with the US Army, Army Security Agency.

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PATROL OPERATIONS BUREAU - Assistant Chief Joe Kessler

Assistant Chief Joe Kessler

Assistant Chief Joe Kessler is the commander of the Patrol Operations Bureau which oversees the five police precincts.

Assistant Chief Kessler began his career with the Seattle Police Department in 1981.  He worked in all patrol precincts as an officer, in Inspections and Planning and as an instructor in the Advanced Training Unit.  Following his promotion to sergeant in February of 1989 he was assigned as the supervisor of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy and subsequently served as a patrol sergeant in the East Precinct in addition to serving as the ACT Team supervisor and the Community Police Team supervisor in the West Precinct.  After his promotion to lieutenant in 1992 he served in the East Precinct as a Watch Commander and as the Operations Lieutenant and as a Commander in the Vice and Narcotics Sections.

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CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS BUREAU - Assistant Chief Carmen Best

Assistant Chief Carmen Best

Assistant Chief Carmen Best is the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau.

Carmen Best has worked for the Seattle Police Department since 1992. Her assignments include Uniformed Patrol, School Safety, Department Spokeswomen, Patrol Supervisor, Media Relations Supervisor, Watch Commander, Operations Lieutenant, Narcotics Proactive Commander, Robbery/Gangs/Fugitive Commander, Community Outreach Commander, and South Precinct Commander. Currently, she is the Assistant Chief of the Criminal Investigations Bureau.

Carmen attended Western Illinois University and has a certificate in Police Management from the University of Washington and certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. She completed the Senior Management Institute for Police in 2006, the FBI National Academy in 2010 and the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Academy in 2013. She is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Latino Police Officers Association, and Tabor 100. She is an avid supporter of the A+ program for youth.

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FIELD SUPPORT BUREAU - Assistant Chief Nick Metz

Deputy Chief Nick Metz

Assistant Chief Nick Metz is the Commander of the Field Support Bureau which includes Human Resources, Information Technology, Predictive Policing, Community Outreach and the 9-1-1 Center.

Assistant Chief Nicholas Metz has been with the Seattle Police Department for 30 years. He spent four years as a patrol officer in the downtown corridor and Rainier Valley before becoming an undercover detective in Narcotics.

He was promoted to Sergeant in 1989 before being assigned to work in Internal Investigations, the East Precinct Anti-Crime and Community Police Teams and the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center (WSCJTC).

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ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES - CAO Valarie Anderson

Director Valarie Anderson

Valarie Anderson is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and oversees the Fiscal, Property and Fleets, Research Grants & Corporate Support, Data Center, and Records & Public Requests Sections.

Valarie Anderson began her career with the Seattle Police Department in September 1990 as the Fiscal Manager where she managed accounts payable, accounts receivable, grants accounting, forfeiture accounting, cash accounting, and departmental purchasing. In May 2001, she was promoted to Director of Fiscal Property & Fleet where she continued her leadership and management role in all aspects of accounting and purchasing and worked closely with the departmental budget.

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SPECIAL OPERATIONS BUREAU - Assistant Chief Robin Clark

Assistant Chief Robin Clark

Assistant Chief Robin Clark commands the Special Operations Bureau.

Assistant Chief Robin Clark began her police career with the Seattle Police Department in 1980. Clark worked the East Precinct in Patrol, and worked as a Field Training Officer. As a Detective, she worked in the West Precinct Burglary Theft Unit, Sex Crimes Unit and the personnel backgrounding unit. She also worked in the Homicide Unit where she was assigned to the Multi-Agency Green River Task Force investigating the serial killings of the Green River Killer.

Promoted to Sergeant in 1990, Clark was as patrol sergeant in the South and East Precinct, East Precinct Community Police Team and Internal Investigations. She instituted the bicycle patrol program at the Seattle Center while serving as a sergeant there.

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HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU - Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh

Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh

Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh commands the Homeland Security Bureau.

Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh began his police career with the Seattle Police Department in May of 1983. As a police officer, McDonagh worked the East and South Precincts in Patrol, as a Field Training Officer and the South Precinct Anti-Crime Team(ACT). He spent time in the Special Patrol Unit/Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) where he remained when he was promoted to Sergeant. He also served as a Patrol Sergeant in the North Precinct.

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