SEATTLE — Mayor Bruce Harrell and two city council members announced plans for a unified approach to passing legislation related to hiring incentives for the Seattle Police Department on Monday.
The announcement made by Harrell, together with councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Sara Nelson, comes after his office said that he is working on a comprehensive plan to address “historic” staffing issues with SPD last week.
“My collaboration with the Mayor’s office on this topic has been focused on doing something to address recruitment issues now, not just for hiring police officers, but including critical but hard-to-fill city jobs like carpenters, truck drivers and civil engineers,” said Herbold.
Herbold’s proposed ordinance asks the Seattle Department of Human Resources to provide relocation bonuses for a variety of citywide job positions that are typically challenging to hire, with prioritization given to police officers.
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