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May 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

3 finalists for SPD chief to be revealed Friday

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced this morning the names of the three finalists for the city’s next police chief will be released tomorrow.

Four people are under consideration: former Boston police commissioner Kathleen O’Toole; Robert Lehner, the chief in Elk Grove, Calif., who previously served as police chief in Eugene, Ore.; Patrick R. Melvin, the police chief of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona; and Frank Milstead, chief of the Mesa, Ariz., Police Department and formerly a commander with the Phoenix Police Department.

The four candidates were selected by Murray’s 12-member search committee.

Murray has said he plans to announce his choice the week of May 19. The nominee will then be considered by the City Council for confirmation.

Seattle’s previous chief, John Diaz, retired a year ago. Since then, Jim Pugel and then Harry Bailey have acted as interim chiefs of the department.

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