1st female chief to lead troubled Seattle police

1st female chief to lead troubled Seattle police

Credit: KING

1st female chief to lead troubled Seattle police

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by Associated Press

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Posted on June 23, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 23 at 8:43 AM

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council is expected to give final approval Monday to hiring Kathleen O'Toole as police chief.

The first woman to lead the department will oversee about 1,300 officers as she works to carry out an agreement with the Justice Department to end the use of excessive force and biased policing.

The 59-year-old O'Toole is a former Boston police officer who rose to become Boston's police commissioner from 2004 to 2006. She also oversaw reforms in the Irish national police force.

Former Seattle chief John Diaz retired in April 2013 after a three-year tenure. He was succeeded by interim chiefs Jim Pugel (PEW'-jel) and Harry Bailey.

Mayor Ed Murray asked the council to approve a salary of $250,000 for O'Toole, about $52,000 more than Diaz made.
 

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