WANTED: ‘Bold and Courageous’ Police Chief

As you may have heard, Seattle needs a new police chief.

Like, REALLY needs a new police chief.

And, luckily, now there’s a “Help Wanted” ad to make it happen.

Posted online recently by Bob Murray & Associates, the firm hired by the city to help conduct a national search, the ad appeals to candidates interested in “an extraordinary opportunity.” It says Seattle’s next chief must “be a transformative leader, seasoned administrator, and effective manager with the ability to inspire the confidence and trust of the Department’s officers and staff, City officials, and Seattle’s community members.”

Here’s the full ad:

The City of Seattle, Washington (population just under 635,000) is the largest city in the Northwest and is a center for commerce, culture, science, and innovation. Seattle is seeking a new Police Chief to lead a Department of 1,302 sworn and 558 civilian members with a budget of just over $288 million. This position offers an extraordinary opportunity for a bold and courageous Chief. Seattle’s next Police Chief must be a transformative leader, seasoned administrator, and effective manager with the ability to inspire the confidence and trust of the Department’s officers and staff, City officials, and Seattle’s community members. The new Chief must be well respected among peers in law enforcement and have demonstrated experience in urban policing and strategic service delivery. Candidates must possess a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Law Enforcement, or a related field and at least five years of command-level experience in a medium-to-large law enforcement agency. A master’s degree is desirable. The salary range is $127,932-$211,076 annually; placement within the range is DOQ.

A detailed description of the job, can be found here. It indicates that “The most qualified candidates will be invited to personal interviews with the City of Seattle’s Selection Committee on April 21st and 22nd.”

According to City Council member Tim Burgess, the position has already attracted informal interest from several top-level national candidates. He expects the job opening ad will ignite the recruitment effort.

Pramila Jayapal, the co-chair of Murray’s community advisory committee for the police chief search, told Seattle Weekly last week that she expects a list of candidates to be forwarded to Murray for consideration by mid-May.

 
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