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Councilmember Tim Burgess responds to the retirement of Chief Diaz

City of Seattle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/8/2013

Councilmember Tim Burgess

Councilmember Tim Burgess responds to the retirement of Chief Diaz

Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess issued the following statement today in response to today’s announcement that Chief Diaz will retire:

"I thank Chief Diaz for his 33 years of dedicated service to the people of Seattle. The life of a police officer is rarely an easy one and John has served this city faithfully.

"This is a critical time for our police department. New leadership is necessary for implementing the reforms that will lead us to where we should be focused: more effective and evidence-based policing, preventing crime rather than just responding to it after it has occurred and improved police-community relations.

"Chief Diaz’s retirement gives us an opportunity to move forward with new leadership. The chief of police is one of the most important positions in city government."

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