Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today said he wouldn’t go forward with plans to reduce garbage pickup to every other week. Murray said the the program would create a hardship for some families and that the potential rate savings to customers of just 8 percent wasn’t enough to offset the 50 percent cut in collection. The city’s recent…More
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In an address that was both pragmatic and optimistic about the role of government, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today vowed to address issues such as income inequality and global warming in the city, as well as its crumbling residential streets and rapid growth. “Local government has always served as the laboratory of democracy in America,” Murray…More
The Seattle City Council and Mayor Ed Murray will honor Seattle civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Samuel McKinney by naming a Central Area street in his name. McKinney, 87, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church from 1958 until his retirement in 1998, was a leading voice of the city’s black community as it fought discrimination, unfair housing…More
A 32-year-old Seattle man accused of threatening Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant was ordered held on $600,000 bail during a probable-cause hearing this afternoon. Mitchell Munro Taylor was booked into the King County Jail on Thursday night for investigation of malicious harassment after threatening, anti-gay postings from his account were left on Murray’s Facebook page….More
Seeking a tool to attract top police-chief candidates, the Seattle City Council’s public-safety committee today approved a measure that would allow chiefs to hire law-enforcement officers outside the department as assistant and deputy chiefs.
The new ordinance is likely to be approved by the full nine-member council on Tuesday, coinciding with the nationwide search for a permanent police chief launched last week by Mayor Ed Murray. It would repeal a 1978 restriction that limited police chiefs to selecting senior commanders from the current pool of captains and lieutenants.
In addition to the chief search, the move comes at a time when the city is adopting broad reforms to comply with a 2012 settlement agreement with the Department of Justice to curtail excessive force and biased policing.
“Truly effective and sustainable reform necessitates strong leadership; removing barriers to attracting the best possible candidates will help us achieve this leadership,” Councilmembers Bruce Harrell and Tim Burgess wrote in a memo supporting their joint proposal.More
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has decided to replace Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel with a former SPD official, Harry C. Bailey, who retired as an assistant chief in 2007, according to sources briefed on the mayor’s plan.
Murray is expected to announce his decision Wednesday, adding another chapter to tumult and change that has rocked the Police Department since the Department of Justice found in December 2011 that officers too often resorted to the use of excessive force.
Murray, through his spokesman Jeff Reading, declined comment this afternoon.
Murray is also expected to announce the formation of a search committee to find a permanent police chief, with a fast-track goal of making a hire in three to four months, according to sources.
It was not immediately clear what will happen to Pugel, who was named as interim chief in April to replace retiring Police Chief John Diaz. Pugel, through a spokesman, declined comment this afternoon.
Pugel, who joined the department in 1983, previously held the rank of assistant chief, but he has no automatic right to return to that position. Under civil-service rules, he could retain the rank of captain.More