King County Council unanimously confirms King County sheriff

By unanimous approval, the King County Council confirmed Patti Cole-Tindall as King County sheriff on Wednesday.

Cole-Tindall, the acting interim sheriff, was nominated by Executive Dow Constantine in November 2021 and sworn in on Jan. 1.

She is the first person of color to serve as sheriff in King County’s history.

Joining the King County Sheriff’s Office in 2015, Cole-Tindall served as the chief of the Technical Services Division for almost five years before being appointed undersheriff, where she was responsible for day-to-day operations with the three division chiefs.

Prior to that, Cole-Tindall concurrently served as the county’s director of labor relations and the interim director of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight.