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Former SPD Chief lands new post

Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick talks in January 2011 about her department’s response to the backpack bomb found on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March route in downtown Spokane. (File)
Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick talks in January 2011 about her department’s response to the backpack bomb found on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March route in downtown Spokane. (File)

It appears that former Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick's search for a new job has ended. King County voters chose John Urquhart as their sheriff; Urquhart, you'll recall, vowed earlier this year to hire Kirkpatrick, who left late last year after serving five years as Spokane's top cop.

Urqhart spent 24 years with the King County Sheriff's Office in various roles and had a commanding lead in votes over Sheriff Steve Strachan, who was appointed to the post by the King County Council in April.

Kirkpatrick, who announced when she came to Spokane that she intended to stay just five years, sparred with the Spokane Police Guild and called out officers to change the culture of both the union and the department.




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