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By Diane Buckshnis
Edmonds City Council 

Police chief hiring process flawed; executive session denied | Guest View


Last updated 4/8/2021 at 9:09am

Thank you, Edmonds Beacon, for publishing Chief Sherman Pruitt's article describing his perspectives regarding Edmonds Police Chief hiring process.

Unfortunately, this process was flawed from the beginning (when the mayor publically announced the selection of Chief Lawless for police chief, inconsistent with established hiring procedures/policy).

I am empathetic for the two candidates, and I am sorry for the damage to the credibility of the hiring process and the erosion of public trust that was created.

My perception is different from that expressed by Chief Pruitt.

It was me who initi...

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Reader Comments(1)

Debra Arthur writes:

Who denied the right to have 2 executive sessions to take time to clarify.? Nelson...so he could hurry something he knew would be unpopular? I assume so. But I do not know. Was it a council vote that denied these extensions designed to get true and important facts. Or was it Mayor Nelson who made this choice alone? Could you please answer this question. I think all in Edmonds would like the truth...all of it. And if they don't want the truth I can't imagine why. Thank You, for coming forward.


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