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May 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Schedule set for confirmation of SPD chief nominee O’Toole

Kathleen O'Toole is greeted with applause as Mayor Ed Murray introduces her as his choice for Seattle police chief in a news conference Monday at City Hall. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Kathleen O’Toole is greeted with applause as Mayor Ed Murray introduces her as his choice for Seattle police chief in a news conference Monday at City Hall. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

The Seattle City Council has set a tentative 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, headed by Councilmember Bruce Harrell. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced O’Toole as his choice on Monday.

The committee will conduct what the council described as a “thorough and transparent confirmation process” by hosting a series of meetings to publicly ask questions of the candidate and an evening public meeting in a Seattle neighborhood to hear public feedback about the appointment.

The full council is expected to vote on whether to confirm O’Toole by June 30.

The tentative schedule, subject to change, is:

June 4, 2 p.m. — O’Toole will appear in Council Chambers before the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology 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 12, 5:30 p.m. — A public hearing will be held at an offsite neighborhood location, to be determined, before the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee.

June 25, 5:30 p.m. — O’Toole will appear in council chambers and complete a final round of questioning from council members in a meeting of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, which will vote on confirmation.

June 30, 2 p.m. — Full council to vote in council chambers.

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

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