More than 20 people have applied to serve as the monitor who will oversee reforms of the Seattle Police Department, including familiar names in the world of police accountability and reform.
A long list of people have applied to serve as the court-appointed monitor who will oversee changes to curtail excessive force in the Seattle Police Department, according to sources familiar with the selection process.
Among them are familiar names in the world of police accountability and reform, including one application in which nationally recognized law-enforcement leader William Bratton, the former New York City police commissioner and ex-Los Angeles police chief, would serve in advisory capacity to the proposed monitor, according to sources.
One source said more than 20 people submitted applications by Monday’s deadline for the job that is the centerpiece of a settlement agreement between the city and the Department of Justice filed in U.S. District Court in July.
They included Saul Green, a Detroit attorney who previously served as a monitor of police reforms in Cincinnati, and Merrick Bobb, one of the nation’s leading experts on police conduct who heads the Los Angeles consulting firm Police Assessment Resource Center, the sources said.
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Green, who has been under consideration for some time, oversaw reforms of Cincinnati’s police this past decade after a Justice Department investigation. He brought in a team to improve police practices, meeting considerable resistance from law enforcement, but six years after he began Green issued his final monitoring report and declared the process “one of the most successful police reform efforts ever undertaken.”
Green served as a U.S. attorney in Michigan from 1994 to 2001 and as Detroit’s deputy mayor for three years, resigning from that post last year.
Bobb authored a critical report of the King County Sheriff’s Office presented Tuesday to the Metropolitan King County Council, in which he recommended more thorough oversight of shootings by deputies and other changes.
Seattle officials previously rejected him as a potential monitor while negotiations with the Justice Department were still under way, according to a July 13 letter from City Attorney Pete Holmes to Mayor Mike McGinn that labeled the decision as “premature and a mistake.”
Bratton’s name was included in a joint application from the New York City-based consulting firm Kroll, where he serves as chairman, and Alvaraz & Marsal, a global professional-services firm also with headquarters in New York, one source said.
Bratton served as part of a Kroll-associated team that oversaw long-running changes imposed on the Los Angeles Police Department. He was hired as police chief in that city in 2002 amid the changes that were widely viewed as highly successful.
His online Kroll biography says he drove down crime in Los Angeles while “improving LAPD’s relationships with the city’s many diverse communities.”
Listed as the probable monitor on that application was James Lord, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Seattle who now serves as a senior director with Alvarez & Marsal in Denver, sources said.
As a federal prosecutor, Lord oversaw cases involving organized crime, financial investigations, corporate fraud and computer hacking, according to his online biography.
Working with Lord would be Bill Nugent, a Kroll employee who had served as a federal prosecutor and a monitor overseeing the Pennsylvania State Police, and J. Michael Gibbons, a managing director at Alvaraz & Marshal and a former FBI agent with experience in cybercrime and civil-rights investigations, one source said.
Also applying to be monitor was Jeff Schlanger, the president and chief executive officer of a Colorado-based firm, KeyPoint Government Solutions, according to sources.
Schlanger, a former assistant district attorney in New York, worked with Bratton on the Los Angeles changes before ultimately forming KeyPoint.
According to Schlanger’s online biography, he was “directly responsible for the design, implementation, and operation of the federal monitorship of the Los Angeles Police Department.”
Schlanger’s team would include Mark Bartlett, a former top federal prosecutor in Seattle who now works for a private law firm. Bartlett prosecuted a wide range of crimes during a lengthy stint in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle and served as first assistant in the office.
The Seattle City Attorney’s Office is considering a request from The Seattle Times to release the names and related documents of all of the monitor applicants.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle, which participated in the settlement with Seattle officials, declined to discuss monitor applicants.
The settlement includes measures to curb excessive force and address biased policing.
U.S. District Judge James Robart gave his tentative approval of the agreement Aug. 24, saying he wanted greater say in the selection of the monitor and more frequent progress reports.
His approval set in motion a 60-day requirement to select a monitor, beginning Aug. 27.
Officials from the city and Justice Department are to submit a jointly approved name of a proposed monitor to Robart, who would make the formal appointment.
But if they are unable to agree, each side would submit three names to Robart, who would choose from their lists.
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Seattle Times news researcher Gene Balk contributed to this report, which includes material from Times archives.