Mayor McGinn will appoint a new chief in June to succeed former Chief Gil Kerlikowske, who is now the nation’s drug czar, subject to City Council approval. Kate Joncas and Charles Rolland are Co-Chairs of the mayor’s 26-member Seattle Police Chief Search Committee, which will recommend three finalists to the mayor in May.

The City of Seattle has scheduled three public meetings to receive community input on selecting the next Police Chief. There will be one in the Southeast Seattle:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Northgate Community Center Gymnasium (10510 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  Franklin High School (3013 Mount Baker S, Seattle WA 98144)
  • Friday, Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. New Holly Gathering Center (7054 32nd Ave S , Seattle, WA 98108)
    (Language interpreters will be available for this meeting in the  following languages: Tagalog, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Amharic, Oromiffa, Khmer (Cambodian), Somali, and Tigrinya))

Here are the questions the Mayor’s Police Chief search committee is asking of interested citizens:

  • What qualities are you looking for in a new Police Chief?
  • What is the most important public safety issue in Seattle?
  • What does the Seattle Police Department do well?
  • What changes would you like to see ?

Community input is vital for selecting the right person, so attend one of the meetings to make sure the voices from our neighborhood are heard.

Background material on the Police Chief search process, including links to online input, at a new website, .

Residents also may call 206-684-CITY (206-684-2489) to offer answers to the Seattle Police Chief Search Committee’s four questions for the public, listed above.

Also see this flyer for additional information:
Police chief search public meeting