Braziel Drops Out of Running For Seattle Chief Job

And then there were two.

Sacramento police chief Rick Braziel, who had a kinda dazzling interview with the city council last week, has dropped out of the running for the Seattle police chief job.

From the Sac Bee:

Braziel on Tuesday night took himself out of the running for the chief’s job in Seattle, where he had been one of three finalists. He chose to stay in budget-strapped Sacramento even after recently being endorsed for the Seattle post by that city’s police union.

Braziel informed Mayor Kevin Johnson of his decision to stay on Tuesday and informed Seattle officials as well.

“Sacramento is a better fit for me,” Braziel said.

“I know what I have here. I’m comfortable. I just didn’t see the same level of satisfaction up there.”

This leaves current interim SPD chief John Diaz and East Palo Alto chief Ronald Davis up for the job. The word around city hall is that McGinn has become quite enamored with Davis.

Update: Mayor McGinn’s office just sent this out:

“I am disappointed Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel withdrew his name today from consideration for our city’s next police chief.  He was a strong candidate. I appreciated meeting him and learning about the remarkable things he has accomplished in Sacramento.  I was impressed with his candor and the thoughts he shared during the candidates’ public forum last week in Seattle.  The people of Sacramento are lucky to have him.  

Fortunately, the Police Chief Search Committee did an excellent job and we have two strong candidates for consideration.”