“An outside chief is exactly what Seattle has had for, at least, the past 30 years!”

You’ve probably already heard a bazillion arguments against giving SPD Chief John Diaz a permanent job, but Ye Olde Cross’d Cut has posted a rare pro-Diaz editorial from UW Professor Emeritus Hubert Locke:

As newly appointed Police Chief John Diaz awaits confirmation by the city council, a curious suggestion has been publicly aired, calling on the council to challenge, perhaps reject, the mayor’s “inside pick.” The reasoning advanced for such a move is as flawed as the suggestion.

Ostensibly, so the argument goes, Seattle could use new leadership from outside, with the implication that an outside chief would deal with the “culture” of the department as well as put an end to the kind of regrettable police-citizen clashes that have occurred in the city recently — as though whatever problems the department presents stem from insiders in the administrative ranks.

The call for an outside appointee is quite beyond comprehension. An outside chief is exactly what Seattle has had for, at least, the past 30 years!

You can read the rest here.