Carmen Best unanimously confirmed as Seattle’s first African American police chief

Carmen Best confirmed as Seattle police chief (Photo: KOMO)

The Seattle city council unanimously confirmed the appointment of Carmen Best to be police chief 8-0.

“Congratulations to Chief Carmen Best on her confirmation as the next Seattle Police Department’s Chief of Police,” said Councilmember Lorena González.

Best becomes the city’s first African American to serve as police chief.

“It’s great to be supported during the good times, but we’re going to have tough times too,” Best said.

Best joined the department 26 years ago, after a career in business and a stint in the army. While rising through the ranks she had two daughters and became deeply involved in the community.

After the vote, Chief Best promised to add officers, work closely with the community and follow through with mandates…

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