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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

May 19, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Mayor will name his pick for Seattle police chief this morning

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will hold a news conference today at 10 a.m. to announce his pick for police chief. The mayor’s choice will then need to be approved by the Seattle City Council.

Murray said over the weekend he made an offer that was accepted.

A search committee had narrowed a list of candidates to three: former Boston police commissioner Kathleen O’Toole, Elk Grove, California Police Chief Robert Lehner, and Mesa, Arizona, Police Chief Frank Milstead.

The city has had several interim chiefs since John Diaz announced his retirement in April 2013 after a three-year tenure.

The new Seattle chief will take over a department of about 1,300 officers under federal oversight to carry out a reform agreement.

Federal investigators found in 2011 that officers to often escalated situations unnecessarily and sometimes used excessive force. The Justice Department also raised concerns about biased policing.

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