Weeks before Mayor Mike McGinn was expected to name a new police chief, the most-qualified candidate has withdrawn his name from the search.
Sacramento chief Rick Braziel told his hometown paper that the city was a better fit for him than Seattle. "You don't know what you've got until you go look somewhere else," he said.
Of the two external candidates for the job -- the internal candidate is interim police chief John Diaz -- Braziel managed to get the recommendation of the Seattle Police Guild. And as chief of California's capital city, he ran a much larger force than East Palo Alto's Ron Davis, who only manages 40 officers.
Nevertheless, McGinn is said to be leaning Davis's way. Impressed by what he calls his passionate advocacy for social justice.
In a comment to PubliCola, Councilmember and public safety committee chair Tim Burgess acknowledged as much. Saying that Braziel's withdrawal was "disappointing," but "it's probably unlikely that he would have been appointed."