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February 23, 2012 at 3:53 PM

King County sheriff selected to lead training academy

Departing King County Sheriff Sue Rahr has been named the executive director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, a spokesman announced this afternoon.

That commission oversees the training of police officers in the state. Rahr is expected to start sometime in the next couple weeks, spokesman Greg Baxter said.

The offer for the $110,000 annual job is contingent on a background check.

Rahr has served as King County Sheriff  since 2005 — she was elected to the job that year after being appointed months earlier to replace Dave Reichert, who was elected to Congress.

She has said she wants Chief Deputy Steve Strachan to succeed her. Part of her thinking in the timing of her departure is to give Strachan a chance to prove himself before an election, she said.

Rahr and the other three candidates for the commission’s top job — the commission’s interim executive director Debbie Mealy, Washington Executive Ethics Board Executive Director Melanie DeLeon and Oregon Department of Public Safety, Standards & Training Captain Suzanne Isham — were interviewed earlier today, Baxter said.

“Sue Rahr’s long experience made her the standout candidate,” he said.

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