Mayor Ed Murray’s appointment of Harry C. Bailey to interim police chief is laudable [“New interim chief to head Seattle Police Department,” Local News, Jan. 7].
Bailey is known throughout the Seattle community for his integrity, professionalism and duty to service. Perhaps some of the previous decisions by Interim Chief Jim Pugel can now be reviewed and corrected — for example, the demotion of Nick Metz from assistant chief to captain.
Over the past several years, Metz has been the face of Seattle police at numerous meetings, functions and gatherings in Seattle’s diverse communities. He is the epitome of community policing — always reaching out, present to answer the toughest questions, demonstrating compassion and caring in very difficult situations.
I am concerned that his demotion, intimating that he resisted compliance with court-ordered reforms, will keep him out of consideration for permanent chief of police; he has the knowledge, experience, integrity and respect by the community required for that role.
Cleo Molina, Tukwila
January 18, 2014 at 7:00 AM