Seattle council OKs city's 1st female police chief

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Associated Press

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 23 at 7:33 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — The City Council has approved hiring Kathleen O'Toole as Seattle's new police chief.

The one-time Boston police commissioner and former inspector general for Ireland's national police force will be Seattle's first female chief. She takes over a department of about 1,300 officers that's been struggling to carry out a reform agreement under federal oversight.

In late 2011, the Justice Department found Seattle officers were too quick to use force, including using their batons and flashlights, even in situations that could have been defused verbally.

Mayor Ed Murray nominated O'Toole for the job in May.

O'Toole has said her priorities include restoring public trust and department pride, focusing on crime and quality of life in each neighborhood, and running the department like a good business.

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