PUBLIC SAFETY: Interim sheriff to be announced Tuesday; ‘reimagining’ survey open now

Two notes from King County regarding public safety:

INTERIM SHERIFF: At year’s end, the term of King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht ends, and since voters approved changing the job from elected to appointed, it’ll be up to County Executive Dow Constantine to decide who takes over. His office says he will announce an “interim sheriff” tomorrow – someone who will start in January, with a permanent appointment expected at midyear.

‘REIMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY’: A survey is open for people in urban unincorporated areas including North Highline – from the announcement:

King County is seeking ideas from residents of urban unincorporated areas of the county on how government can think differently about public safety. The survey—available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Somali—asks about residents’ experiences with 911 and emergency response. The survey will be open through Dec. 31.

The Reimagining Public Safety initiative stems from King County’s 2020 declaration that racism is a public health crisis. Executive Constantine committed to investing in community wellness to combat the impacts of racism that have long been experienced by low income and BIPOC communities.

Go here to take the survey.

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