Councilmember Saka statement on Seattle Police leadership changes

Seattle City Councilmember Rob Saka (District 1, Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee) released the following statement after Mayor Bruce Harrell announced Sue Rahr would take over as Interim Chief of the Seattle Police Department (SPD).

“I want to join Mayor Bruce Harrell in thanking Chief Diaz for his 27 years of faithful service to the SPD and four years as Chief. I fully support Mayor Bruce Harrell’s decision. As I have said before, I am deeply troubled by reports of sexual harassment, discrimination and a toxic culture within SPD. That type of behavior has no place in our police department. I am ready to do everything I can to help support Interim Chief Rahr address those issues and ensure SPD is able to attract and retain the best officers in the country. I look forward to opportunities to partner and to continue our legislative oversight role in ensuring the city has the best police department to serve all our residents.”