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April 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to name new police chief in May

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced today that he plans to disclose his choice for the city’s new police chief during the workweek beginning Monday, May 19.

Murray’s 12-member search committee is to receive a list of resumes today from a recruiting firm that gathered applications.

The committee is expected to reduce the list to about 10 candidates to be screened and interviewed, according to sources familiar with the search process.

By early May, the committee will recommend top candidates to Murray, according to the mayor’s office.

The names of three finalists will be made public in mid-May, Murray spokeswoman Megan Coppersmith said.

In a statement released today, Murray said the search had reached a “pivotal point,” and that he and the committee’s two co-chairs were optimistic about the pool of applicants.

The co-chairs are Ron Sims, former King County executive and deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Pramila Jayapal, a fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Community Change and founder and former executive director of OneAmerica, a nonprofit that advocates for immigrant, civil and human rights.

“We must reform the culture of our police department, and reform starts at the top,” Murray said in the statement, referring to the city’s settlement agreement with the Department of Justice to curb excessive force and biased policing in the Police Department.

Murray originally had hoped to name a new chief by this month, but the timetable shifted. His nominee, who will replace Interim Chief Harry Bailey, will be submitted to the City Council to be considered for confirmation.

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