Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn went with the safe choice in naming John Diaz as the city’s next police chief, says the Seattle Times. the city gets a respected, soft-spoken leader known for keeping a low profile. Diaz, 52, is a 30-year veteran of the force and would be the first chief picked from the ranks in more than three decades.
Diaz said Seattle’s Police Department is progressive and willing to seek the most innovative ideas in policing. If confirmed by the City Council, Diaz would be Seattle’s first minority chief, a Latino whose mother is a Mexican immigrant who spoke little English as he was growing up. His ethnicity can only help with Seattle’s minority communities, whose long-strained relationship with the department has been further bruised by recent videos of officers using questionable force on minorities. The 1,281-member Seattle Police Officer’s Guild supported Diaz over the remaining finalist, Chief Ron Davis of the 39-member East Palo Alto, Ca. Police Department.