Holmes should be included
As ex-chair of the Community Policing Action Committee (appointed by former Chief Gil Kerlikowske), I can think of no one I would rather have in the talks about police reform then City Attorney Peter Holmes [“Holmes tells McGinn he won’t step aside in talks,” NWThursday, Feb. 28].
As the ex-chair, I stand in witness to the fact that Holmes is dedicated to see that Seattle has one of the finest police forces possible, that he is both fair and ethical and that he would work hard to insure an agreement is reached that would be acceptable to the Seattle Police Department, the federal government and the citizens of the city of Seattle.
It would be both a shame and a loss to the city if Mayor Mike McGinn succeeds in his efforts to exclude Holmes. I would ask all of Seattle’s citizens concerned about having the best possible Police Department to encourage the mayor to change his stance on this poor decision.
–Richard Wildermuth, Chiang Mai, Thailand (former Seattle resident)