We sat down with state Sen. Ed Murray this weekend to do an extended interview like the ones we've already published with the other top-shelf mayoral candidates: incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn; City Council members Tim Burgess and Bruce Harrell, and former council member Peter Steinbrueck.
"I actually believe the first person you've got to replace if you want to change the culture of the SPD is the mayor."—Ed Murray
We'll publish the Murray interview in full soon.
In the meantime, here's an excerpt from our discussion of police accountability.
PubliCola: One of your opponents, Tim Burgess, has said he will get rid of Seattle Police Chief John Diaz. Will you?
Ed Murray: That goes right to the issue of public safety. That is an issue of leadership and that issue is actually the elected officials, particularly the mayor, and the people who've chaired the public safety committee [Murray is referring to council members Burgess and Harrell–Eds]. It's appalling that we live in a northern city on the West Coast and we're under a DOJ consent decree. It's a matter of leadership. And I actually believe the first person you've got to replace if you want to change the culture of the SPD is the mayor.
And, as with any department, I'm going ask people to resign. If they want to apply, they're going to apply. I'm not going to play one of those petty campaigns where I say, I'm going to fire [former transportation department director] Grace Crunican because of the snowstorm. If the curent chief wants to apply, great, if he doesn't want to apply, that's his choice. We're going to find the person who will best run the police force.