City of Seattle Hosting Community Conversations in Police Chief Search

Seattle – Seattle residents and community members are invited to join five upcoming community conversations shaping the City’s search for the next Seattle Police Department Chief of Police. Hosted by the Mayor’s Office and facilitated by Empower Initiative, the discussions will create opportunities for Seattle residents to share the priorities and… [ 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 ]

Office of Police Accountability Director Candidates

The Mayor’s Office is currently in the final stages of selecting a new director for the Office of Police Accountability. Read more about the final candidates under consideration below, and watch a forum featuring community-driven questions with each candidate here. Eddie Aubrey Eddie Aubrey has a unique 360-degree perspective and… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on Conclusion of Inquest into Death of Charleena Lyles

Statement from Mayor Harrell: “The killing of Charleena Lyles was a tragic event that rightfully shook our community and should serve as a true point of inflection – we must drive continuous learning and reform, and prioritize de-escalation, as now required by Initiative 940. My heart is with the Lyles… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement: “The Supreme Court’s decision is dangerous, outrageous, and an unacceptable step back for generations of women now and to come. Just yesterday, the Supreme Court limited states’ ability to regulate guns, but today declared states can regulate bodies. We know… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell, Councilmember Herbold Highlight Accountability Improvements in Newly Passed Seattle Police Management Association Labor Agreement

Transmitted by Mayor Harrell in May and passed today by the City Council, new contract makes critical accountability improvements in efforts to improve public safety and trust Seattle – Today, the City Council voted to approve a proposed contract between the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Management Association… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Vetoes Council Bill 120325

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell vetoed Council Bill 120325. Narrowly passed on a five to four vote and potentially costing between $2 to 5 million with no identified funding source, the bill would have mandated landlords provide proprietary information about their rental units to a research institution. Mayor Harrell… [ Keep reading ]

TOMORROW: Tune into a Virtual Public Forum with OPA Director Candidates 

Seattle – As part of the selection process for the next Director of the Office of Police Accountability (OPA), finalists will participate in a virtual public forum tomorrow, Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30PM. The public forum will be recorded, streamed live, and televised by Seattle Channel. The public forum is… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle to Light Up Orange in Recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day

Seattle – Tonight, in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day, Seattle will light up orange to show support for survivors of gun violence, in memory of those who have passed due to gun violence, and to express the city’s commitment to action and change. On Friday evening, buildings across the… [ Keep reading ]