Patti Cole-Trindall. Photo courtesy of King County.

Patti Cole-Trindall. Photo courtesy of King County.

King County Executive appoints Patti Cole-Tindall as interim sheriff

Cole-Tindall has a background in the sheriff’s office and county government.

King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed Patti Cole-Tindall to serve as the interim King County Sheriff, according to the Executive’s office.

In 2020, voters passed a charter amendment that changed the position of sheriff from elected to appointed. King County is currently conducting nationwide searches for candidates eligible to be the next appointed sheriff, according to the Executive’s office.

Cole-Tindall has worked for the King County Sheriff’s Office since 2015. Prior to this appointment, she worked as the undersheriff. As the undersheriff, Cole-Tindall is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the sheriff’s office strategic plan and the complaint and use of force processes.

“Patti’s background and experience in the Sheriff’s Office and across County government — working with labor, serving her community, and demonstrating integrity and transparency — make her uniquely qualified to step into this interim role,” Constantine said.

Prior to working in the sheriff’s office, Cole-Tindall worked as the county’s Director of Labor Relations and advised the county on labor policy, strategic planning and employment law.

“I am honored to serve as the Interim Sheriff, and will be working closely with my management teams to support and lead the people of the KCSO until the new Sheriff is appointed,” Cole-Tindall said. “During this transition, my mission is clear: support our workforce, ensure a smooth transition, and listen to the communities we serve as we re-imagine law enforcement in King County.”

Cole-Tindall’s first day as sheriff will be Jan. 1, 2022, and she will serve until a new sheriff is appointed in the summer of 2022, according to the Executive’s office.

The Public Safety Advisory Committee made recommendations for hiring a new sheriff. The recommendations include a strong background in law enforcement and a commitment to equity, racial and social justice, and LGBTQ+ issues, according to the Executive’s office.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@seattleweekly.com.

More in News & Comment

File photo
As new COVID-19 variant looms, vaccination disparities linger in King County

County data shows gaps among age, geography and race.

King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn
King County Councilmember Dunn will challenge Rep. Kim Schrier for U.S. Congress seat

The current County Councilmember would be following in his late mother’s footsteps

Garbage at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in Maple Valley. FILE PHOTO
King County and Port of Seattle to collaborate on waste-to-fuel study

The study is aimed at identifying logistics of developing aviation fuel out of municipal garbage.

file photo
Department of Health announces QR code verification program to prove vaccination status

WA Verify is intended to make vaccine verification simpler and more efficient.

Patti Cole-Trindall
King County Executive appoints Patti Cole-Tindall as interim sheriff

Cole-Tindall has a background in the sheriff’s office and county government.

Elaine Simons, former foster mother of Jesse Sarey, addresses a crowd outside the Maleng Regional Justice Center on Aug. 24, 2020, moments after Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson was formally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the May 31, 2019, shooting death of 26-year-old Sarey in front of a north Auburn convenience store. File photo
Jesse Sarey’s family wants people to know who the real Jesse was

He was killed by Auburn police officer Jeffrey Nelson in 2019.

A Snoqualmie Officer was involved in a shooting Tuesday night, Nov. 16. Photo courtesy of the Bellevue Police Department.
Man killed by Snoqualmie Police was homeless, living in car

The 33-year-old man who was killed by a Snoqualmie police officer late… Continue reading

Mid-afternoon traffic on northbound Interstate 5 on Nov. 22 near Everett. Dan Bates/The Herald
Thanksgiving traffic forecast is heavier than pre-pandemic

Drivers and ferry riders could be in for long waits, depending on when they go.

Comparison map between current district map and proposed draft. (Screenshot from King County’s website)
King County proposes redistricting map, asks for feedback from public

Public invited to comment at November 30 public hearing.

The Washington State Redistricting Commission held a public meeting over Zoom on Monday night to draw the final legislative and congressional district boundaries. Most of the five-hour session was spent in "caucus meetings" which were unavailable to the viewing public. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)
Bipartisan commission fails to draw new political boundaries

For the first time in state history, the Supreme Court will define new congressional and legislative districts.

Homeless encampment in a wooded area in Auburn on Aug. 27, 2021. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
What the history of homelessness in our region can teach us about our current crisis

A talk with the author of “Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in an American City.”

courtesy of PropertyShark
State’s richest zip codes are all in East King County, according to home value study

Medina zip code ranks among top 10 most affluent in the nation.