Andrew Myerberg has been serving as interim director of the Office of Police Accountability since July, after Pierce Murphy left the post. The independent office investigates complaints of police misconduct and initiates its own misconduct probes.
Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess announced Monday that he’s nominating Andrew Myerberg to become director of the Office of Police Accountability (OPA).
Myerberg has been serving as interim director of the OPA since July, after Pierce Murphy left the post. The independent office investigates complaints of police misconduct and initiates its own misconduct probes.
Before becoming interim director, Myerberg was a team leader of the Police Action Team within the City Attorney’s Office, where he was the lead lawyer on the court case that resulted in Seattle’s signing a federal consent decree to carry out police reforms.
Myerberg previously spent six years working for New York City’s law department.
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Formerly called the Office of Professional Accountability, the OPA was renamed in a sweeping police-accountability ordinance approved by the City Council in May.
The ordinance — which is under review by U.S. District Judge James Robart to determine whether any of its provisions conflict with the 2012 consent decree between Seattle and the U.S. Department of Justice — says a civilian will lead the OPA as its director and that a mix of civilians and police officers will serve as investigators.
A search committee with representatives from the mayor’s office, City Council, Community Police Commission and Police Department picked Myerberg from among 145 applicants and four finalists, Burgess said in a news release.
The mayor’s nomination of Myerberg is subject to confirmation by the council, which is expected to consider the matter next month.
Councilmember M. Lorena González, who chairs the council’s public-safety committee, praised Myerberg in the release, as did CPC co-chair Isaac Ruiz.
Burgess will make way for a new mayor — either Jenny Durkan or Cary Moon — on Nov. 28, when the results of the Nov. 7 election are certified.