SPDChiefSearch.com launches with community meetings — and opportunity to upvote

Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 3.56.13 PMSeattle Mayor Ed Murray said his goal is to have named a full-time Seattle Police Chief by April. This week, a community feedback process begins in an effort to collect priorities from Seattle citizens for one of — if not *the* — most important decisions the new mayor has on his first term plate. A new site designed to gather online feedback has gone live at spdchiefsearch.com. On the site, you can answer queries like “What is important to you or your community in finding a new Police Chief?” or “What would you like the new Police Chief to focus on?” Like a Reddit for City Hall, other participants can also choose to “upvote” or “downvote” answers.

City officials will also be on hand Wednesday night at Garfield Community Center to hear your feedback in the flesh. More details on the community meetings across the city, below.

As we begin our search process in January 2014, the Mayor’s Office is inviting the community to comment on desired qualities for the new Police Chief. Community engagement is essential to selecting a leader who can manage police reforms and build officer morale. Our search will also be informed by the input received through the Community Police Commission and its outreach in October 2013, as well other prior community input and best practices.

We will share community perspectives with the Community Advisory Committee for their review, the public, and the future Police Chief. In March 2014, we will report back to you about how we considered and addressed community feedback during the search process.

How to participate:

  • Sign up for our email listserv

  • Discuss your views online – stay tuned for a link to our online town hall!

  • Attend a community workshop:

University District
Tuesday, January 28, 6-8 p.m.
University Heights Center, Room 209
5031 University Way NE

Central District
Wednesday, January 29, 6-8 p.m.
Garfield Community Center, Multi-purpose Room
2323 E Cherry St

Southwest Seattle
Thursday, January 30, 6-8 p.m.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Movement Studio
4408 Delridge Way SW

Rainier Valley
Saturday, February 1, 12-2 p.m.
Van Asselt Community Center, Multi-purpose Room
2920 S Myrtle St

Lake City
Tuesday, February 4, 6-8 p.m.
Pinehurst K-8 School, Lunchroom
11530 12th Ave NE

Ballard
Wednesday, February 5, 6-8 p.m.
Nordic Heritage Museum, Auditorium
3014 NW 67th St

Downtown
Thursday, February 6, 6-8 p.m.
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Reception Room
600 Fourth Avenue

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