The current director of the King County Office of Labor Relations will supervise the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight on an interim basis while a national search is conducted for a permanent director, the King County Council announced Monday.
Patti Cole-Tindall will supervise the oversight office while remaining in her labor-relations position during the interim period, which is expected to last no more than five months, according to the King County Council. The Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) serves as the watchdog for the King County Sheriff’s Office. The previous director resigned in September.
Cole-Tindall is the key adviser to the King County Executive and Council on labor strategic planning, labor-policy development and employment law. She has served four different departments for more than 16 years, according to the County Council. Before working for the county, she was responsible for the regional investigative program at the Washington State Employment Security Department. She also served as a special agent for the Washington State Gambling Commission.
OLEO was created in 2009 as an independent King County agency in charge of outside oversight. Charles Gaither stepped down from the job in early September after what he described as three “difficult” years.