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Final Report:  The Panel's Final Report was delivered to the King County Council on September 11, 2006.

Follow-Up Report to Council (April 2007)

Progress Report (November 2007)

The Report of the King County Sheriff’s Blue Ribbon Panel, which was submitted to the King County Council on September 11, 2006, included a recommendation the panel be reconvened no later than December 2007 to review progress made on implementing the panel’s recommendations.

The panel reconvened in late 2007 and submitted a progress report to the King County Council on January 28, 2008.



Panel Charge

The King County Sheriff sought the advice of an expert panel to research internal management systems, suggest well-functioning internal review processes, and identify and recommend areas of needed improvements. The panel’s efforts complemented other Sheriff’s Office reforms.

Specifically, the panel was charged with:

  • Reviewing internal management systems for addressing employee misconduct and
  • Gaining an understanding of leading management practices in other departments and their applicability to a department with characteristics like the Sheriff’s
  • Making recommendations to the Sheriff for improvements to the accountability system for misconduct and discipline; and
  • Delivering a final report and written recommendations to the Sheriff by no later than August 31, 2006.

Work Program (Updated June 29, 2006)

You may view the Panel's work program by clicking here. This file is a 113K Acrobat PDF (Free Acrobat Reader required).


On January 9, 2006, Sheriff Sue Rahr asked for a blue ribbon panel to be formed to review the systems that were currently in place within the Sheriff’s Office that dealt with employee misconduct and discipline. She expected the panel to make recommendations for improvement and publish a report that would be made available to the County Council and the public.

The panel consisted of a chairperson and nine members, who were chosen by the County Council, Executive Sims, and Prosecutor Maleng.  A professional facilitator was hired by the Sheriff’s Office to manage logistics and help write the final recommendations.

“I believe the public must have confidence in their police department.” “Part of that trust has to be that we hold employees accountable for their actions, and that our discipline process is open, honest, and fair. I look forward to the scrutiny of the panel and any recommendations they have for improvement."
                              Former Sheriff Sue Rahr



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