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Mayor Harrell Details Proposed Efforts to Beautify City; Address Surge in Graffiti

Plan would increase graffiti removal, create outlets for murals and artistic expression, support victims, expand volunteer activities, and increase enforcement options Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell detailed elements of his One Seattle Graffiti Plan to beautify Seattle and address a surge in graffiti through new strategies and proposed budget… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle receives national recognition for Safe Routes to School work. Mayor Harrell commits to work even harder to improve traffic safety.

Seattle, WA (October 12, 2022) – The National Center for Safe Routes to School has named Seattle the 2022 recipient of the U.S. Vision Zero for Youth Leadership Award. The award was presented to Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Superintendent Dr. Brent Jones this morning at… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell To Appoint Adrian Diaz Seattle Chief of Police

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he will appoint interim Chief Adrian Diaz as the next permanent Chief of the Seattle Police Department, following an extensive national search and robust community engagement. “Throughout this process, we’ve heard Seattleites’ clear expectations for the Seattle Police Department: effective public safety,… [ Keep reading ]

Following Robust National Search Process, Three Finalists Advance for Next Chief of Seattle Police Department  

Three finalists will participate in a televised candidate question and answer session on September 15 to answer community questions Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the three finalists for the next permanent Chief of the Seattle Police Department: Interim Seattle Chief of Police Adrian Diaz, Seattle Assistant Chief of… [ Keep reading ]

Driven by Community Input, Seattle Police Chief Search Enters Final Phases

Seattle – The City of Seattle has entered the final phases of our search for the next Chief of Police, following a rigorous national search and extensive community engagement. Mayor Bruce Harrell will look to make a decision in the coming weeks among the top candidates identified by the process,… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on Council Passage of the Comprehensive Police Recruitment and Retention Plan

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement after the City Council passed the Comprehensive Police Recruitment and Retention Plan:  “This is a positive step in the right direction as we seek to make Seattle a safe place for every neighbor and rebuild and restore the Seattle Police… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Hosting Two Additional Community-Led Conversations in Ongoing Police Chief Search

Seattle – Seattle residents are invited to attend two additional in-person community-led conversations to inform the ongoing search process for Seattle’s next chief of police. Facilitated in partnership by City staff and community-based organizations, these sessions will build on previous forums held in July, creating a space for community members to… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Issues Executive Order to Support Sexual Assault Survivors and Conduct Assessment of Criminal Investigations and Regional Practices

The order calls for a comprehensive evaluation of SPD’s Investigations Bureau, including a specific review of sexual assault follow-up investigations, while implementing immediate and long-term solutions to support survivors and assign cases. Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell, in collaboration with Interim Chief of Police Adrian Diaz, announced an Executive… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Bruce Harrell to Appoint Accountability Leader Gino Betts as Next Office of Police Accountability Director

Betts, a champion for transparency and accountability, will bring experienced leadership to deliver objective, thorough and just misconduct investigations Seattle – Mayor Bruce Harrell will appoint Gino Betts the next director of the Office of Police Accountability following a national search. Betts, an accountability leader, career public servant, and current… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Bruce Harrell Shares Details of Comprehensive Police Recruitment and Retention Plan

Responding to more than 400 officer departures over the last two-and-a-half years, Mayor Harrell’s plan delivers urgent action and long-term steps to recruit and retain officers Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced a new comprehensive recruitment strategy to bring police officers to Seattle. Joined by Interim Police Chief Adrian… [ Keep reading ]