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May 22, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Final schedule set for confirmation of SPD chief nominee O’Toole

The Seattle City Council has set a final schedule for considering the nomination of former Boston police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole to serve as Seattle’s next police chief.

Confirmation proceedings will occur before the council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee on a slightly accelerated timeline than a tentative schedule released earlier this week. Under the new schedule, the City Council will vote on her confirmation on June 23, a week earlier than originally planned.

Under Councilmember Bruce Harrell, who chairs the committee, the council will conduct what it has described as a “through and transparent” examination of O’Toole’s nomination, which was announced Monday by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

Here are the dates:

June 4, 2 p.m. — O’Toole will appear in Council Chambers before the committee, where she will make opening comments and respond to initial questions from council members. Public comment will occur at the beginning of the meeting.

June 11, 5:30 p.m. — A public hearing before the committee will be held at an offsite neighborhood location to be determined. Members of the public can testify and offer their views on the nominee, which council members will take it into account when making their decision and deciding what questions to ask O’Toole at the next meeting.

Thursday, June 12, 3 p.m. — O’Toole will appear in council chambers and complete a final round of questioning from council members in a meeting of the committee, which will then vote on confirmation.

Monday, June 23, 2 p.m. — Full council to vote in council chambers.

Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Kathleen O'Toole, Seattle City Council, Seattle Police Department


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