- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle’s police chief says she’ll open the department’s five assistant chief positions to competition beginning in January, a move that could lead to significant changes.

The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/O5snXy ) that Chief Kathleen O’Toole said Monday that applications will be open to anyone in the department who holds the rank of lieutenant or above, including the current assistant chiefs. She also plans to advertise nationally.

The Times says the announcement does not affect Deputy Chief Carmen Best, who was appointed by O’Toole after she was named police chief in June. The new chief promised to organize a new command team after four to six months on the job.

The current assistant chiefs are Nick Metz in patrol operations, Robin Clark in criminal investigations, Paul McDonagh in special operations, Tag Gleason in compliance and professional standards, and Mike Washburn in field support.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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