Earlier this week, Mayor Ed Murray’s police chief search committee announced the three finalists that it will forward to the mayor for consideration. Mayor Murray will then interview each candidate in the coming weeks and announce his nominee to Seattle City Council mid-May. Robert Lehner is the Chief of Police for the city of Elk Grove, California; Frank Milstead, the Chief of Police in Mesa, Arizona; and Kathleen O’Toole, a former Police Commissioner in Boston, Massachusetts. “While the three finalists each bring different sets of skills, there is no question that all are extremely well-qualified to be Seattle’s next chief of police,” said Ron Sims, Co-Chair and former Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “We know that the next chief needs to bring a proven record of reform, effective management experience, strong communications skills, an unwavering commitment to community engagement and the ability to articulate vision and expectations to which the force will be held accountable. These candidates all reflect these characteristics and are highly regarded as people of integrity. Whomever the Mayor ultimately selects as his nominee, Seattle will have a truly exceptional individual in our next police chief.”
Remember hearing about a bike share program coming to Seattle? This week we learned that the sturdy bikes will come dressed in a kelly green, blue, and black design. At least 500 them are set to be on the street and available for publix use as early as September 2014, and since Alaska Airlines contributed $2.5 million to support the program, their logo will appear on the first set of bikes and marketing materials. Daily, short-term, and annual memberships to use the bikes will go on sale in August.
Speaking of public transportation, Sound Transit just released a trial Visitor Day Pass that is probably more affordable than what you pay. For $9, riders can take an unlimited number of $4-or-less trips by bus, train, streetcar, or water taxi (for trips with fares over $4, day pass users can pay cash or add value to the ORCA card’s E-purse feature to make up the difference). Meaning, if you take the bus more than four times a day at $2.25 or more per ride, it would be wise to get a reusable ORCA card and stock up. ORCA’s hope is that the new pass will encourage public transit, and will be advertised to tourists and out-of-town visitors.