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On March 9, 2021 the King County Council adopted Ordinance 2021-0113, establishing the Public Safety Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee will conduct community stakeholder engagement and produce a report to inform the selection process of an appointed sheriff. Additionally, the committee has been asked to gather stakeholder input and provide guidance on values that stakeholder communities hold on how law enforcement services should be provided and ways the county could improve the delivery of law enforcement services to preserve and enhance public safety.

Background

In November 2020, the voters of King County approved Charter Amendment No.5, returning the King County sheriff to an appointed position with a requirement for consideration of community stakeholder input during the selection, appointment and confirmation process. Additionally, the voters of King County approved Charter Amendment No.6, allowing the duties of the chief officer of the department of public safety (also known as the King County Sheriff, who may also be referred to as the county sheriff, and the duties and structure of the department of public safety to be established by county ordinance.

King County Charter Amendment No. 5: Making the King County Sheriff an Appointed Position

King County Charter Amendment No. 6: Structure and Duties of the Department of Public Safety


The Department of Public Safety

The department of public safety is also known as the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO). The department provides and participates in regional services and activities including bomb disposal, search and rescue, homicide investigations, civil and criminal warrants, sex offender registration, dignitary protection, the automated fingerprint identification system, intelligence services and the joint terrorism task force. KCSO is the police department for unincorporated King County, which includes nearly 250,000 residents over a wide-ranging geographic area that encompasses dense urban areas, such as Skyway and White Center, and sparsely populated rural areas, such as Vashon Island and rural east King County. The county also contracts and partners with twelve cities and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe to provide law enforcement services to their approximately three hundred thousand residents through the department of public safety. The county also provides public safety services for transportation agencies, including the King County International Airport, the Metro transit department and Sound Transit.

For more information about the King County Sheriff’s Office, see their website: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/sheriff.aspx


Members of the Public Safety Advisory Committee

Per the adopted ordinance, the committee includes thirteen members of the public and critical stakeholders, who represent the geographic, ethnic, and economic diversity of the department of public safety's service area.

Member Name

Community/org.

Selected By

Frank Gittens

Overpoliced

Council

Ayanle Ismail

Overpoliced

Executive

Bailey de Iongh

Rural Unincorporated

Council

Veasna Hoy

Rural Unincorporated

Executive

Paul Patu

Urban Unincorporated

Council

Sili Savusa

Urban Unincorporated

Executive

Livio de la Cruz

Law Enforcement Reform

Council

DeVitta Briscoe

Law Enforcement Reform

Executive

Rob Karlinsey

Contract Cities

King County Sheriff’s Office Contract Oversight Comm.

Brian Wilson

Contract Cities

King County Sheriff’s Office Contract Oversight Comm.

Patrick Butschli

PSPMA

Puget Sound Police Managers Association (PSPMA)

Mike Mansanarez

KCPOG

King County Police Officer's Guild (KPOG)

Melodie Reece Garcia

CACLEO

Community Advisory Committee for Law Enforcement Oversight (CACLEO)


Public Safety Advisory Committee Calendar

The dates and details of public engagement activities are currently in planning. Once completed, we will use this website to post and maintain a calendar of future public engagement activities and events for the Public Safety Advisory Committee.


Other Community Engagement Opportunities

The Public Safety Advisory Committee is not the only engagement method that the King County Executive and Council are using to inform the future of the department of public safety. In addition to considering the community stakeholder input gathered by the committee, the Executive and Council will engage in other methods of gathering community stakeholder input regarding the selection and appointment of the Sheriff and on the values stakeholder communities express on how law enforcement services should be provided and improved to preserve and enhance public safety. These other opportunities are currently being planned.

We will use this website to post and maintain a calendar of future engagement activities and events for the Executive and Council.


Contact us

If you have questions about this process, please send an email to PSAC@kingcounty.gov


King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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