King County sheriff’s candidate John Urquhart announced Tuesday morning that if he wins the race he will appoint former Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick as his chief deputy.
Urquhart, 64, who retired as a sergeant a year ago after 23 years at the Sheriff’s Office, is running against current Sheriff Steve Strachan.
Urquhart, formerly the sheriff’s office media spokesman, said in a news release that he picked Kirkpatrick for his second in charge, because of her decades of law enforcement experience – as chief of Ellensburg, Federal Way and Spokane – and because she’s focused on police reform issues. He said that Kirkpatrick has experience working with the Department of Justice when the agency investigated Spokane police.
During an interview with The Times on Monday, Urquhart said that he had heard that the Department of Justice plans to investigate the King County Sheriff’s Office for the way it investigates use-of-force complaints against deputies.
“Anne Kirkpatrick has the experience and credentials every city in the country looks for in its police chief,” Urquhart wrote in a news release.
Kirkpatrick retired from the Spokane department earlier this year and moved back to Seattle, where she has long maintained a home. In 2010, she was a semi-finalist in the selection for Seattle’s new chief of police.