Community Outreach – Police Chief Search

Seattle’s Next Police Chief


Few issues are more important than public safety and keeping families in our City safe. The next police chief must be committed to continuing to build an accountable, diverse police department focused on meaningful and lasting reforms and building trust in the community they serve. Our efforts will be developed and implemented with input and leadership from Seattle neighborhoods and communities.

The Search Process


Mayor Durkan launched a national search process to find the best candidate for the permanent police chief.

In December, Mayor Durkan announced the 25 members of her Search Committee. Led by four co-chairs, the diverse Search Committee will host a series of community meetings to collect community input and create the Chief’s job description in late January and February 2018. Following this series of community engagement, the Search Committee will work with a national search firm to gather and screen applications in the Spring of 2018.

In May 2018, a list of names will be submitted to Mayor Durkan, who will select from the list by June 2018.

 Community Input Survey



In addition, residents can complete a quick online survey. Through this online survey, community input will be utilized to target recruitment efforts when evaluating applicant’s knowledge, skills, abilities and personal characteristics.  This information will also be used to develop interview questions.

The survey is live and can be found at:

You can email any feedback to

Community Meetings


Listed below are the events scheduled to gather community input on our search for a new permanent Chief of Police. Seattle residents to should share their thoughts on the personal characteristics and professional experience that are most important for the individual leading our police. Our community members have a critical role to play in helping to recruit the next Chief of Police. Below are the upcoming community meetings.