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Search for SPD’s next chief down to 10, all from out of state

The only internal applicant, Assistant Chief Nick Metz, was removed from a list of 20 applicants reviewed on Friday by Mayor Ed Murray’s search committee, according to sources.


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The search for Seattle’s next police chief has been narrowed to 10 applicants, all from out of state.

The only internal applicant, Assistant Chief Nick Metz, was among 10 removed from a list of 20 names reviewed Friday by Mayor Ed Murray’s search committee, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the search.

With Murray poised to make his selection the week of May 19, the 12-member committee plans to interview the remaining applicants next week, the sources said, without revealing the names.

Pramila Jayapal, one of two co-chairs of the committee, on Wednesday confirmed the overall numbers, the interview schedule and out-of-state profile of the remaining applicants. She declined to comment on Metz in light of the committee’s policy to not discuss the names of applicants.

“It’s a good pool,” she said of those still on the list, a description echoed by one source who said the city is in a position to make an outstanding choice.

Murray is to be handed the committee’s list of top candidates in early May, from which three finalists will be made public by midmonth, according to the mayor’s office.

The removal of Metz’s name and the lack of any internal applicants is not a surprise, considering the department’s leadership has come under scrutiny and criticism after the city’s 2012 settlement agreement with the Department of Justice to curb excessive force and biased policing.

Murray hasn’t ruled out any applicants. But it has been generally anticipated in City Hall and the police department that, unlike four years ago, when insider John Diaz was selected, an outsider most likely would be chosen this time to lead the troubled department.

The search committee, appointed by Murray after he took office in January, was shown the names of 39 applicants Friday for the first time. The meeting lasted for about five hours, one source said.

A California search firm that reviewed applications set aside 19 because the individuals lacked full qualifications, but the committee was shown the names in case there was interest in any of them, the sources said.

From the remaining 20, the committee eliminated 10 people, including Metz because of a consensus he shouldn’t be interviewed if he had little chance of being chosen for the job, one source said.

Metz was demoted to captain late last year by Diaz’s successor, then-Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel, after the federal monitor overseeing the settlement reforms criticized the pace of change.

But Metz was restored to the assistant-chief rank after Murray appointed a new interim chief, Harry Bailey, a former Seattle assistant chief who came out of retirement to temporarily handle the duties. Pugel recently retired from the department.

One potential applicant, former Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel, did not apply for the job, according to the sources.

Braziel withdrew as a finalist for Seattle’s police-chief job during a search in 2010, but he said in January he was strongly interested in applying again, in part because the political landscape had changed. Braziel said he became concerned in 2010 that then-Mayor Mike McGinn and his top aides lacked the government experience and skills needed to develop a strong working relationship.

Jayapal, the committee co-chair, is a fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Community Change and founder and former executive director of OneAmerica, a nonprofit that advocates for immigrant, civil and human rights.

The other co-chair is Ron Sims, the former King County executive and ex-deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Information from Seattle Times archives is included in this story.

Steve Miletich: 206-464-3302 or smiletich@seattletimes.com On Twitter @stevemiletich



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