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Seattle Police Chief search committee names 11 candidates, including Kirkpatrick

SEATTLE, Wash. - Mayor Mike McGinn's Seattle Police Chief Search Committee has named 11 candidates who will be interviewed before three finalists are selected next month for the mayor's review. The semifinalists include three candidates from the Seattle Police Department, including  Interim Police Chief John Diaz, as well as chiefs or former chiefs in eight other cities from across the country.

"I'm excited about this excellent field of candidates," said Search Committee Co-Chair Charles Rolland, who credited the executive search firm hired by the city, Police Executive Research Forum.

"PERF did an outstanding job of bringing us a quality field. Because it's such a quality group it will be a challenge in bringing this to the final three for recommendation to the mayor," Rolland said.

The Search Committee will interview all 11 semifinalists on Saturday, May 8, and then is scheduled to meet the following week to discuss the field and select its three finalists.

Meeting last Wednesday, April 21, the Search Committee agreed to interview the following candidates, whose names are being released today for the first time:

Judy Bradshaw, Chief of Police – Des Moines (IA) Police Department

Rick Braziel, Chief of Police – Sacramento (CA) Police Department

Adam Burden II, Former Assistant Chief of Police – Miami (FL) Police Department

Ronald Davis, Chief of Police – East Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

John Diaz, Interim Chief of Police – Seattle (WA) Police Department

Rick Gregory, Chief Administrative Officer/Acting Public Safety Director – New Castle County (DE)

Clark Kimerer, Assistant Chief of Police – Seattle (WA) Police Department

Anne Kirkpatrick, Chief of Police – Spokane (WA) Police Department

Jim Pugel, Assistant Chief of Police – Seattle (WA) Police Department

John Romero, Chief of Police – Lawrence (MA) Police Department

Lisa Womack, Former Chief of Police Elgin (IL) Police Department

Mayor McGinn said he is pleased with the work of the Search Committee and looks forward to receiving the group's recommendation.

Search Committee Co-Chair Kate Joncas also praised the work of the committee. "Our committee has worked long and hard, and has shown the commitment that the mayor has asked," Joncas said. "It's truly reflecting the diverse points of view that make up this great city."

 For more information on the Search Committee and the process of choosing Seattle's next police chief, see the committee's website, http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/spdChiefSearch/.

Last year, Kirkpatrick was asked to apply for a police chief position in San Francisco, which she did, but she was not selected.

Kirkpatrick said that as one of the few women in charge of a large police department, she often is on lists of possible candidates for police chief openings.

In 1982, Kirkpatrick began her law enforcement career in the Memphis Police Department. In 1987, she moved to Washington, where she joined the Redmond Police Department.

In 1996, Kirkpatrick became the Chief of Police in the small college town of Ellensburg, Washington and in 2001 she became the Chief of Police of Federal Way, Washington which is a suburb of Seattle.

On September 11, 2006, Kirkpatrick became the Chief of Police of Spokane, Washington.

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