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Council votes yes on new top cop

Former police chief calls confirmation process 'sleazy'


Last updated 12/10/2020 at 10:20am

Edmonds City Council approved Sherman Pruitt as the city's new police chief.

Mayor Mike Nelson got his man.

The Edmonds City Council on Dec. 8 approved Nelson's selection of an outside candidate, tribal Police Chief Sherman Pruitt, over Acting Police Chief Jim Lawless, who has a long history with the department in Edmonds.

The move is provisional, as the city waits for a final report on Pruitt's psychological evaluation by an outside company. Human Resources Director Jessica Neill-Hoyson, however, said she had received a verbal report of the findings that she found satisfactory.

Approving Nelson's pick were Councilmembers Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, Luke Distelhorst,...

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