SPD Assistant Chief demoted

by: Amy Clancy Updated:

Assistant Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz announced Wednesday he would be move from his current role to a captain beginning Dec. 2.

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. As an assistant chief, Metz oversees the homicides, fraud investigation, auto thefts, major crimes, and other units.

 Below is the text of the statement he sent Wednesday to officers and department staff.

Over the last 12+ years, as a member of the senior command staff, it has been my honor to represent this department and its incredible people.  Through the years we have seen many changes.  No matter what the change or challenge, the women and men of our agency have always stepped up, ready to serve our great city. 

It has been decided that there will be a change in the face and structure of leadership.  I have been recently informed that, effective December 2nd, I will not be part of that team.

Though no longer a member of the senior leadership command, I will resume my leadership role as a Captain.

I will continue to serve this City with the same level of care and professionalism that I promised when I took my oath over thirty years ago.    

And to the women and men of this great Department, who everyday give their all to serve our communities, I will continue to make sure that your health and welfare are of great priority to me. You are what makes this Department amazing. I will continue to serve you with the same level of passionate care and dedication that you yourselves give our city everyday.

Thank you for allowing me to serve and represent you as part of the senior command staff these many years.  I have truly felt humbled by many of you with your words of encouragement and support throughout whatever bureau of assignment I had.

Suffice it to say, my work here to ensure we make our city the safest, as well as continuing to build strong community partnerships, and to promote how we look after each other, is not yet finished.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember to take good care of yourselves, and each other.    :-)