Mary Perry, who has worked as an assistant city attorney, will start in the new position next Wednesday.
Seattle Police Department has created a new position to oversee public disclosure in an effort to promote transparency.
Mary Perry will start as the director of transparency and privacy, a position the department hired as part of its “reorganization of public disclosure response and enhanced compliances processes,” says a police news release.
The hiring comes amid plans to put body cameras on all patrol officers and recent pressure to post all complaint and accountability cases online by the end of March.
Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said in the release she is committed to finding an appropriate balance between visibility into police operations and the privacy of victims and others.
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“Mary has a proven track record and deep understanding of this balance, and I am thrilled that she is coming on board to coordinate and drive our transparency efforts,” the chief said in the release.
Perry has served as an assistant city attorney in the municipal law section of Seattle’s legal department, where she focused on public-records issues and compliance. There, she argued a case for the police department over its video-retention policy, for example.
She assumes the new position Wednesday, Jan. 27.