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Seattle Mayor Names Former Boston Commissioner as New Police Chief

May 19, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Seattle Names O'Toole as New Police Chief

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole is his pick for Seattle's new police chief – a move that could give Seattle its first woman police chief.

KIRO-TV reports O'Toole was announced by the mayor Monday morning as a replacement for Interim Chief Harry Bailey. She still needs to be confirmed by the City Council, and that process is expected to take weeks.

Tags: Seattle PD, Police Chiefs


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TheRookie @ 5/19/2014 4:15 PM

Another political appointment not in the interest of the troops. Sad for the line officers at S.P.D.

Chicago Sam @ 5/20/2014 4:32 AM

This is a sad day for the Seattle Police Department and the city itself. Political appointments of outsiders is a real slap in the face and is probably made for the same reasons two (Weis FBI and McCarthy NYPD) outsiders were brought in to head the Chicago Police Department. Their mission as been and hers will be CUT THE COSTS.

Nightstalker @ 5/20/2014 12:19 PM

Does this woman know anything about Law-Enforcement? God help the men and woman fighting on the streets everyday!!!!!!!

Joe cop @ 6/10/2014 4:44 PM

Wow, such naysayers. How is it a sad day for SPD? How is this a slap in the face? How can you question her knowledge and experience? If she was commissioner for Boston PD, I would assume she does know a thing or two about law enforcement. Many chiefs are not selected from internal candidates and depending on what's going on in the organization, that's a good thing. Seattle is under a consent decree. An outside candidate was a given. A change in leadership is sometimes necessary for a change in culture. I don't profess to know anything about this woman or her experience; however, she was selected from a large pool of candidates. I don't profess to know anything about Seattle PD other than what I see in the papers and see on sites like this. I wish Seattle PD well and sure hope that Kathleen O'Toole is given a fair chance to move SPD in a better direction.

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