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February 12, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Firm selected for SPD chief search

A California-based firm will help in the search for a new Seattle police chief, Mayor Ed Murray announced today.

Bob Murray & Associates, of Roseville, Calif., was among eight firms that were considered and among three who talked with the city, according to a news release.

“The experience and expertise of Bob Murray & Associates in conducting nationwide searches for executives in general and chiefs of police in particular made them stand out,” Murray said in a statement that noted he is not related to Bob Murray.

“This firm knows how to identify and recruit top talent, and I’m confident in their ability to deliver exemplary applicants for me and my search committee to review and evaluate,” he said.

With 25 years of executive-search experience, the firm has placed more than 150 police chiefs in cities with populations as small as 2,000 and large as three million, the news release said.

The firm, which has assisted in police-chief searches in cities such as Pasadena, Sacramento and San Francisco, has set a goal of helping the city select a new chief by the end of April.

Until a chief is hired, Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey is filling the job. Bailey, who retired as a Seattle police assistant chief in 2007, was selected by Murray last month.

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