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Help find Seattle’s next Chief of Police

The City of Seattle’s on the search for a new Chief of Police. Led by the 26 member Seattle Police Search Committee, a citizen panel appointed by Mayor Mike McGinn, the national search begins with no front runners, inside-track candidates or preferences for or against candidates of any race, gender, ethnicity or place of origin.

The search committee consists of people from all walks of life, including neighborhood groups, minority communities, business and civic leaders, and police and justice-system representatives. The search began back in January with a series of meetings that includes three public hearings scheduled through May.

The next of these public hearings will be held on Wednesday, March 10, at 5:30 pm in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle’s City Hall. On the agenda: discuss and finalize assessment criteria and discuss candidate interview questions. Want to get involved? The meeting is open to all interested parties.

The next public meeting will be on Wednesday, April 21 in the same place. After a closed executive session, the public is invited to be on hand for a vote that will select between 5 – 7 candidates from the 10 – 15 profiles presented by the executive search firm responsible for locating qualified candidates.

Today in Seattle history

Speaking of taking a historical look back at Seattle…

Today marks the 30th anniversary of The Day After.

The day after the rulings in the infamous Chicago Seven trial raised the conciousness and tempers of protesters all over the US, protesters led by the Seattle Liberation Front fought the Man in front of the Federal Courthouse. Nowadays it seems like no one remembers the Seattle Seven (the leaders of the protest for were indicted for “conspiracy to riot” in April of the same year) or The Day After, but when I was a kid, this was a major event.

And, yes, people complained about the protestors blocking traffic even then.

Thanks to HistoryLink for the reminder.

Photos of six of the seven can be found at this Seattle Times special section page.

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