by: Amy Clancy Updated:
Nick Metz, who was demoted by the former Interim Chief, is now back as an assistant Seattle police chief overseeing the field support bureau, officers were told Wednesday morning.
In late November, Metz announced he would be move from assistant chief to captain beginning Dec. 2. But in January, the interim chief who demoted Metz, Jim Pugel, was replaced by interim chief Harry Bailey. The change was made by Seattle’s new mayor, Ed Murray.
After Bailey was announced as interim chief earlier this month, he and Metz hugged. Pugel and two other leaders who have been forced out – Assistant Chief Clark Kimerer and Assistant Chief Mike Sanford – were not there.
Hired in Aug. 1983, Metz started as a patrol officer in the downtown corridor and became a sergeant in 1989 before moving to roles in the East Precinct, Internal Investigations and the State Criminal Justice Training Center. In his earlier role as assistant chief, Metz oversaw the homicide, fraud investigation, auto theft, major crimes, and other units.
This is the latest in a series of shake=ups within the Seattle Police Department. Bailey who turns 70 this year, started with the department in 1969 and came out of retirement to take the interim chief job.
Click here to read more about changes in the SPD command staff.
Follow this link to read the letter Metz sent to officers when he was demoted in November.
Below is the memo sent Wednesday from Bailey:
Since I have become the Interim Chief of Police, I have made it a priority to keep the employees of the Seattle Police Department informed about all of the changes occurring—I want you to hear about them from me first. With that in mind, I would like to give you some information about the reorganization of two bureaus and make some important personnel announcements.
The Professional Standards Bureau has been reorganized and will be known as the Compliance and Professional Standards Bureau. It now includes Compliance Office staff; the Education & Training Section; and the Audit, Policy & Research Section, as well as the newly-formed Force Investigations Unit. In addition, the Special Operations Bureau has been divided into two separate bureaus: Special Operations and Homeland Security.
I would like to announce the promotion of Captain Nick Metz to Assistant Chief.
I have made the following personnel assignments for my Command Staff:
Assistant Chief Michael Washburn Chief of Staff
Assistant Chief Tag Gleason Compliance and Professional Standards Bureau
Assistant Chief Robin Clark Special Operations Bureau
Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh Homeland Security Bureau
Assistant Chief Joe Kessler Patrol Operations Bureau
Assistant Chief Carmen Best Criminal Investigations Bureau
Assistant Chief Nick Metz Field Support Bureau
I have also assigned the following captains as precinct commanders:
Captain Chris Fowler West Precinct Commander
Captain Steve Wilske Southwest Precinct Commander
Captain Pierre Davis East Precinct Commander
Captain John Hayes South Precinct Commander
Captain Dave Emerick North Precinct Commander
Clearly, not all of the assignments have been announced and we will continue to evaluate additional personnel assignments within each bureau.
Each member of my team is committed to my goal of achieving the highest standards in policing.
Interim Chief of Police
KIRO 7 Executive Producer Casey McNerthney contributed to this report. Want to talk about the news of the day? Watch free streaming video on the KIRO 7 mobile app and iPad app, and join us here on Facebook.