APD assistant chief a finalist to lead Seattle police

Ely Reyes

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Assistant Chief Ely Reyes with the Austin Police Department is one of three finalists to lead Seattle police, the city said Friday.

The other finalists are a former chief of police in Pittsburgh and an inspector with the Minneapolis Police Department.

Reyes posted on Twitter that he is humbled and honored to be a finalist for the position. Interim Austin Chief of Police Brian Manley congratulated Reyes in a tweet following the announcement.

“From dozens of applications, over many weeks, we carefully focused our efforts on three outstanding finalists. Each of the three remaining individuals understand – and can actualize – a critical truth: The Chief of Police must be both a steward of public safety and a champion for racial justice,” said the search committee co-chair Jeffery Robinson.

Reyes, who is one of six assistant chiefs, has been with APD for 22 years. He also served in the U.S. Army, including six years overseas. 

The assistant chief is a recipient of the Purple Heart.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan will interview each of the candidates and nominate one for the position of police chief in the coming weeks. 

APD has 1,900 sworn officers and more than 700 civilian support staff members, compared to 1,444 sworn officers at the Seattle Police Department with 580 civilian employees. 

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