City Council confirms Kathleen O’Toole as police chief on 8-1 vote

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray swears in Kathleen O’Toole as the city’s first female police chief on Monday, June 23, 2014. (Photo: SPD)

SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 to confirm Kathleen O’Toole as Seattle’s new police chief.

The ‘no’ vote was cast by City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, who said in remarks before the vote that she’s not sure O’Toole will challenge the Seattle Police Department power structure enough. “Working people deserve safe neighborhoods,” she said.

O’Toole is Seattle’s first female police chief.

A preliminary vote from a Seattle City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee paved the way for O’Toole’s full confirmation.

Lawmakers have been questioning O’Toole ever since Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced her as his choice to be Seattle’s police chief.

O’Toole met with council members and citizens in south Seattle. She talked about changing the culture at the Seattle Police Department.

“We need to provide people at all levels of the organization a clear vision, a clear road map, and give everybody a chance to get on board,” O’Toole said. “And those people that don’t want to get on board, or those people who do resist, well, we have to hold them accountable.”




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  • Ted

    Are you a minority and/or female? Check. Will you continue to tie the hands of officers and complain when they do something or when they don't do something? Check. You're hired!

  • AndyBlue

    We have all seen this "a new chief will fix things" garbage.

    Its all a show. Not one cop or union member who planned and carried out defrauded this city has been held accountable to this day… In fact ALL Seattle cops at all levels received retroactive raises, by the very city council members who looked the other way all these years, going back through 2011 the year they were investigated for abuse and lack of accountability. (FRAUD on the taxpayers)
    This woman makes no mention of this corruption and instead glosses over their disgraceful history only to say that Seattle police are "demoralized" and afraid to engage. She apparently has no idea the police union is instruction this PROVEN corrupt police department to hold back as retribution for holding them accountable.

    On top of all the lawsuits settlements and 25 Million dollar fine the taxpayers have to pay, these corrupt cops are suing us all because they don't think they have to follow the same federal standards of law enforcement as the rest of the country.

  • AndyBlue

    When human filth gets a badge EVERYONE pays and nowhere is this more proven than in Seattle Washington. The city of pure GREED and Corruption.

    TIM Burgess should be in a jail cell with his looking the other way all these years. How does this FORMER COP who chaired the safety committee not know police are defrauding the city when the OPA director reported directly to him.

    Does Kathleen O'Toole even ask questions? She is nothing more than the same old garbage. You can tell by her avoidance of facts while praising the city council the police and their union who carried out this fraud and abuse of the citizens of Seattle.

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