Councilmember Kettle on Seattle police leadership change

Seattle City Councilmember Bob Kettle (District 7, Chair of the Public Safety Committee) issued the following statement after Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that Sue Rahr will become interim Chief of the Police Department:

“I respect Mayor Bruce Harrell’s decision and look forward to working with Interim Chief Rahr on our public safety challenges. Further, we have a lot of work to do to better support officers within the department and address the permissive criminal environment in Seattle.

During my committee’s meeting yesterday, we heard about the gender equity issues identified by women within the department in the 30×30 Report. Interim Chief Rahr was an expert advisor to the 30×30 initiative. We know these issues are serious, they are real, and they need to be addressed. I am excited to work with Interim Chief Rahr to continue that work.”

For more information on the change in leadership, please refer to Mayor Harrell’s statement.