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Mayor Durkan Announces Community Workshops for Chief of Police Search

Seattle (March 6) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan has announced ten community workshops in all police precincts to assist the Police Search Committee with finding the best candidates for Seattle’s next police chief. The workshops, including one for Seattle’s young people, are open to all Seattle residents and are an opportunity to share their thoughts about what characteristics and experience is needed in the City’s next police chief. Last month, Mayor Durkan announced the Community Input Survey, an online resource for providing feedback, which offered the public the first opportunity to participate in the process. To date, the online survey has received more than 1,000 responses and continues to be available for those who work and live in Seattle to participate.

“The voice of the community is a powerful and essential part of selecting our next police chief,” said Mayor Durkan. “Our next chief must be committed, to deepening the relationship between our neighborhoods that have been disproportionately targeted by our criminal justice system; and to building a diverse and progressive justice system with meaningful and lasting police reform.”

The 25-member search committee, which has extensive experience in criminal justice reform and policing, was announced in December and began meeting in January. The committee is working with a national search firm to gather applications, and upon the end of the community input process, will narrow the field of applicants and submit their recommendation of the best candidates to Mayor Durkan in the coming months. Residents can visit for more information on the search and community input workshops as well as additional meetings attended by the Police Search Committee.

Community Input Workshops

Tuesday, March 6th

Southwest –  South Park Neighborhood Association
8201 10th Avenue South, Suite 6
Seattle, WA 98108-4449

Wednesday, March 7th

Southwest – Southwest Teen Life Center
2801 SW Thistle St
Seattle, WA 98126

Thursday, March 15th

East – Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98122

Friday, March 16th

Southeast – Rainier Beach Community Center
8825 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

Tuesday, March 20th

West – Queen Anne Community Center
1901 1st Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119

Wednesday, March 21st

North – Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Friday March 23rd

North – Loyal Heights Community Center
2101 NW 77th St
Seattle, WA 98117

Wednesday, March 28th

West – Chinatown International District Community Center
719 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

Thursday, March 29th

South – Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

Friday, March 30th

North – Laurelhurst Community Center
4554 NE 41st St
Seattle, WA 98105