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June 4, 2014 at 4:49 PM

City Light head could get $110,000 raise

A Seattle City Council committee today approved a raise of up to $110,000 for Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco that would bring his salary to $364,000 a year. Carrasco already is the highest paid employee in the city, but other heads of public power companies make significantly more, the city personnel director Susan Coskey told the council…

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May 19, 2014 at 10:02 AM

SPD chief nominee O’Toole weighing her new command staff

Update at 2:39 p.m.: Kathleen O’Toole, in an interview after her appointment was announced, said she is considering several people from the outside to serve as a top assistant during a transition period in her first 60 days. During that period, she said, she will determine who – in and outside the department — to appoint to…

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March 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM

SPD will not reinstate misconduct findings against 6 officers

The Seattle Police Department will not reinstate misconduct findings against six officers at the center of simmering controversy over officer discipline, the mayor’s office announced today. The misconduct findings were reversed by Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey last month as part of a review of pending appeals of discipline. But Bailey’s action was reopened to…

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February 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Murray shelves every-other-week garbage collection

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…

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February 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Murray pragmatic, optimistic in State of the City

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…

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February 11, 2014 at 4:21 PM

City honors Rev. McKinney with honorary street

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…

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January 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Man jailed over threats against Murray, Sawant

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….

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January 15, 2014 at 2:31 PM

City Council committee OKs allowing SPD chief to hire outside aides

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.

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January 7, 2014 at 2:56 PM

New interim chief to head Seattle Police Department

Harry Bailey, who retired as an assistant police chief in 2007.

Harry Bailey, who retired as an assistant police chief in 2007.

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.

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