Mayor Mike McGinn nominated 15 members to the newly created Seattle Community Police Commission Jan. 14, including one police officer, a police captain, attorneys, nonprofit leaders, and former city and state elected leaders. Several of McGinn’s nominations previously worked on the Minority Executive Director Coalition’s Multiracial Taskforce on Police.
The Seattle City Council created the commission in October, under the direction of a court-ordered settlement between the city of Seattle and the Department of Justice (DOJ) that outlines a number of reforms for the Seattle Police Department (SPD). In December 2011, the DOJ released a report showing that the SPD has a pattern and practice of excessive force.
McGinn nominated: Claudia D’Allegri, vice president of behavioral health at Sea Mar Community Health Centers; Lisa Daugaard, deputy director of the Defender Association; Kate Joncas, president and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association; Bill Hobson, executive director of the Downtown Emergency Services Center; Jay Hollingsworth, chair of the John T. Williams Organizing Committee; Joseph Kessler, a captain at the Seattle Police Department; Diane Narasaki, executive director of the Asian Counseling & Referral Service; John Page, program coordinator at the Defender Association’s Racial Disparity Project; Tina Podlodowski, former member of the Seattle City Council; Marcel Purnell of Youth Undoing Institutional Racism; Jennifer Shaw, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington; Kevin Stuckey, an SPD officer; Kip Tokuda, former state representative for the 37th Legislative District; Rev. Harriet Walden, co-founder of Mothers for Police Accountability; and Rev. Aaron Williams, senior pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church.
The group will have access to department records and be able to testify before the federal judge overseeing the SPD reform.
The group can issue public reports and opinions to the city and judge but does not have any binding authority.
The settlement between Seattle and the DOJ originally called for a commission to last only for the duration of the settlement, but the Seattle City Council decided the group should be permanent.
The city council initially proposed an 11-person board, with nine community members. At the request of police accountability advocates seeking greater diversity on the commission, the council agreed to expand it.
The city council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee will consider the appointments Feb. 6. If approved there, the full city council will vote on the nominations the following Monday.