Seattle Police Chief Nominees Eyed
SEATTLE (AP) _ A 28-year law enforcement veteran now working for the U.S. Justice Department is Mayor Paul Schell’s choice to head Seattle’s police department, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Saturday.
Schell is naming a replacement for Chief Norm Stamper, who resigned after riots during the World Trade Organization meeting last fall overwhelmed police and left the city with more than $2.5 million in property damage.
Gus Kerlikowske’s appointment is expected to be announced Monday, the newspaper said. The other two finalists for the job are Richard Williams, the police chief in Madison, Wis., and William McManus, an assistant chief in the Washington, D.C., police department.
Kerlikowske, 50, has been a deputy director at the Justice Department for the past two years, overseeing Community Oriented Policing Services grants. This week, he said he was ready to get back to local police work, ``to see programs and policies actually affect people’s lives.″
Before joining the federal government, Kerlikowske spent 4 1/2 years as police commissioner in Buffalo, N.Y. He was criticized for frequent travel, but his contacts in Washington, D.C., and interest in innovative crime policies helped bring the city $7 million in federal grants. When he left the city in 1998, violent crime was down 38 percent.