And then there were nine…

On April 26, the 26-member Seattle Police Chief Search Committee presented 11 candidates for the office of Seattle Police Chief, replacing former Chief Gil Kerlikowske who was tapped by President Obama to become the nation’s Drug Control Policy Director. Former Seattle mayor Greg Nickels named a search committee to find candidates for replacement but it never met. Chief John Diaz has been filling in during the interim.

The committee narrowed their candidates down to ten, but former Miami assistant chief of police Adam Burden took himself out of the running while he recovers from recent surgery. Des Moines, Iowa Chief of Police Judy Bradshaw stepped down from the search process last week.

The nine remaining candidates, who include John Diaz in their number, as well as Chief or Assistant Chiefs from Sacramento, East Palo Alto, New Castle County (DE), Spokane, Lawrence (MA), Elgin (IL) and Clark Kimerer, Deputy Chief of Police for Seattle, will be interviewed by the search committee on Saturday, May 8, in sessions not open to the public. The committee is expected to name three finalists for Mayor Mike McGinn’s consideration on Tuesday, May 11.

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