Carmen Best confirmed as Seattle police chief


Best is a 26-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department and the first African American to serve as its permanent chief.

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to confirm Interim Police Chief Carmen Best as the city’s permanent police chief.

“I had no idea I had so much support in the community,” Best said, addressing the crowd after the vote and asking her backers to stay involved during any tough times to come. “I’m counting on all of you.”

“You’ve earned this,” said Council President Bruce Harrell, drawing a loud “amen” from some Best supporters in the audience at City Hall.

Nominated by Mayor Jenny Durkan, Best is a 26-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department and the first African-American person to serve as…

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