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March 28, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Port of Seattle police chief back on the job

Port of Seattle Police Chief Colleen Wilson is back at work after  “no violations” were found in a a review of staff complaints against her.

She was put on administrative leave in mid-March following allegations she screamed at subordinates, and said at the time that anytime people work together, conflicts can arise. The complaints came not from rank-and-file officers but from other staff, KING TV reported two weeks ago.

Tay Yoshitani, the port’s CEO, said that a management team and an independent reviewer found that employees aired their grievances in good faith, but there were no violations.

“However, the process identified dynamics among the command team that do not meet the high standards we all strive for in our work,” Yoshitani wrote in a message to employees.

The port will hire a consultant to help the department improve, spokeswoman Charla Skaggs said Wednesday. The cost and duration of that contract aren’t determined yet, Skaggs said.

Wilson, a former chief in Monroe and Sumner, was hired five years ago to bring order to the 140-employee department following a scandal over widespread racist and sexually explicit e-mails, covered in this Times story.

“Under Chief Wilson’s leadership, the department has achieved a strong record of service and professionalism – a record that will serve them well as they move forward,” Yoshitani’s message said.

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