We have a police chief convention (of sorts) in town; Seattle's three finalists for police chief—Interim Chief John Diaz, Sacramento Chief Rick Braziel, and East Palo Alto Chief Ron Davis—are in town through Friday to compete for the affections of Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle City Council Members, and the public.

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We wrote about the candidates here. Tomorrow, you'll have an opportunity to judge them for yourself at a public forum held at 6:00 p.m. in the Rainier Room at the Seattle Center. The forum will include five-minute candidate presentations followed by a half-hour of open Q & A with each police chief—so bring your questions.


For example, last week during a meeting the mayor said that he questioned "whether our police department is as innovative and creative as it could be, especially in dealing with issues of race and social justice in our city." Tomorrow would be his opportunity to ask the candidates. If you can't make the forum, you'll be able to catch up on what you missed via the mayor's blog.

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The police chiefs will also appear before the city council's Public Safety and Education Committee meeting tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. to answer council members' questions. Council sessions are open to the public and live streamed via the Seattle Channel.

The mayor is expected to make his recommendation for Seattle's next police chief in mid-June, according to his staff. His choice must then be confirmed by the city council.