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Seattle mayor backtracks, picks new police chief outside of finalists


The Mayor of Seattle announced that she will be nominating interim police chief Carmen Best for the permanent role of Seattle PD’s top cop.

Best was designated as the next full-time chief by Mayor Jenny Durkan at a news conference on Tuesday, who claimed she was the best pick out of 60 candidates.

“I have no question that Carmen Best is the person to lead our city’s police department,” Durkan said.

According to KOMO, Best responded by saying she and Durkan “share the same public safety vision (of) making this the best city for everyone.”

“I am excited to lead the men and women of this great agency,” she wrote on Twitter. “It is my commitment to you that I will move the department ahead on continued improvement and innovation.”

Best is a 26-year veteran of the SPD, and became the #1 candidate after one of the three finalists withdrew.

Best has the backing of many community leaders, who were initially upset that she was not initially in the top three.

As far as how the mayor feels about the final selection, she couldn’t be happier

“I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that Carmen Best is best person to be chief,” Durkan told KOMO.

Before she can take on the title, Best must first be confirmed by Seattle City Council before anything is official.

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