There has been plenty of speculation about just how much it will cost the City of Seattle to implement the SPD reforms sought by the U.S. Justice Department. But in terms of how much the first year of independent monitoring by appointed monitor Merrick Bobb and his team will run the city, we now have some real figures.
According to the Seattle Times, "The City of Seattle has agreed to pay $880,000 for the first-year costs of the independent monitor assigned to put police reforms in place, mostly for salaries and benefits of the monitor, Merrick Bobb, and his team."
As the Times reports, that total will cover Nov. 1 through Oct. 31 of 2013, and includes $45,000 for baseline community polling about SPD that Bobb says will be used to "assess future progress and opinions of the Department," according to a budget plan obtained by the paper via public-disclosure request.
What exactly will Bobb's team look like? And be paid? The Times is able to break it down:
Bobb is the president of Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC), a nonprofit in Los Angeles.
He and four members of PARC's staff will be paid $400,000 in the first year of monitoring, which ultimately could last up to five years under the settlement. Future costs will be determined later.
Nine consultants on the monitoring team will be paid $305,000, including $35,000 to the deputy monitor, Peter Ehrlichman, a prominent Seattle attorney.
Others on the team include Patrick Gannon, a former deputy chief in the Los Angeles Police Department who was recently named chief of the Los Angeles Airport Police Department. He will be paid $75,000 for 75 days of work.
According to the Times, Bobb's budget also calls for "$130,000 for travel and expenses, accommodations and equipment and supplies."
"I think it's fair and reasonable in all respects," Bobb was quoted as saying of the budget Wednesday during a hearing introducing his team.
As you'll recall, Bobb was officially appointed independent monitor of Seattle's DOJ deal by U.S. District Judge James Robart, despite some blowback from Mayor McGinn and the police force over Bobb's ability to be impartial.
Today's Times story also includes information on the active roll Robart plans to take in the ongoing implementation of DOJ reforms in Seattle. You should totally read the piece in its entirety.