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Originally published April 30, 2010 at 9:10 PM | Page modified April 30, 2010 at 9:39 PM

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Des Moines police chief withdraws as candidate for SPD chief

Judy Bradshaw, the chief of police in Des Moines, Iowa, and one of 11 semifinalists to become Seattle's next police chief, has withdrawn from consideration, Seattle officials announced Friday.

The job of selecting Seattle's next police chief has become a little easier with the withdrawal of one of the 11 semifinalists.

Judy Bradshaw, the chief of police in Des Moines, Iowa, has taken her name out of consideration, Seattle officials said Friday.

Bradshaw informed Mayor Mike McGinn's Police Chief Search Committee that she had reconsidered.

"Thank you very much for presenting this prospective career opportunity to me and for your assistance during the process," Bradshaw said in a letter. "I very much appreciate being considered and I am honored to have been selected as a semifinalist. Seattle is a wonderful city and I know they will find the right fit for them among the remaining ... candidates."

According to the The Des Moines Register, Des Moines City Manager Rick Clark boosted Bradshaw's salary by more than $13,000 a year to help persuade her to stay. Her current base salary is $133,580, which will be increased to $146,925 per year, the top end of the scale for the position.

The Seattle search committee plans to interview the 10 remaining semifinalists in private May 8 and select three finalists May 11. McGinn will make his choice after that, subject to confirmation by the City Council.

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