After a rigorous national search process, three finalists advance for the next head of the Seattle Police Department
Three finalists will participate in a televised nominee Q&A session on September 15 to answer questions from the community
Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the three finalists for the next permanent chief of the Seattle Police Department: Acting Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz, Seattle Deputy Chief of Police Eric Greening and Chief of Tucson Police Deputy Kevin Hall. Learn more about the final candidates under consideration below.
“Our nationwide research process put community voices at the center to understand the values and priorities Seattleites want to see in the next police chief,” said Mayor Harrell. “This comprehensive process now brings us three highly qualified candidates, each with the resume, skills and value to elevate our A Seattle vision of a city where every inhabitant has the right to feel safe. Our search committee and evaluators have advanced candidates with the expectations of our community at the forefront – accountability, community-centered leadership and innovation. I look forward to meeting and evaluating these candidates.
Thecity charter establishes specific requirements for hiring a permanent chief of police. To meet the core responsibilities of the Charter, a competition is to be held to identify the three finalists from which the mayor will select the next leader. This position also requires confirmation from the city council.
The search process for a permanent police chief began in April with the hiring of an independent third-party company to help identify candidates nationwide for the position. Mayor Harrell then created a search committee made up of 14 community leaders, law enforcement experts, victim advocates and others to determine which candidates would proceed to the consideration phase.
Community engagement and feedback was key to informing the research process. A public survey was made available in seven languages in May to gather community feedback. Over 1,300 residents completed the survey, and the results are available here.
In addition, seven community conversations were held in July and August to allow the public to have their voice heard in the research process. The July Community Conversations were facilitated by the Empower initiative. These were focused conversations with faith, business, immigrant and youth communities. An Empower Initiative Conversations Evaluation Report is available here.
Fifteen candidates applied for the post of chief. After conducting interviews, the search committee narrowed this group down to a select few who applied for the competition.
On September 6 and 7, the competition required by the charter was administered by four public safety experts. The three finalists were unanimously selected to be presented to the mayor’s office for consideration.
Candidates will now engage in a series of stakeholder interviews, culminating in a candidate question and answer session on the evening of September 15. The event will be televised on the Seattle Channel. Community members can submit questions to candidates here.
Chief Adrian Diaz has been a dedicated member of the Seattle Police Department for more than two decades. His work to build relationships that connect race, ethnicity, and all flavors of humanity can be seen across the department and in every neighborhood of Seattle.
Chief Diaz began his career in the Patrol, Mountain Bike Unit, and Crime Squad before joining the Investigations Bureau. He is also a Master Defensive Tactics instructor at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. He served as Deputy Chief of a newly created Collaborative Policing Bureau before being promoted to Deputy Chief. Chief Diaz is the acting police chief.
Chief Diaz holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Central Washington University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington. He has completed the FBI’s National Executive Institute, the Major Cities Chiefs Associations Police Executive Leadership Institute, the Cascade Executive Program, and the Senior Management Institute of Policing. Chief Diaz is the author of numerous national publications on community policing, criminal justice and juvenile justice.
Deputy Chief Eric Greening served the Seattle Police Department for 28 years. He has been Deputy Chief of the Collaborative Policing Bureau since 2021. The Collaborative Policing Bureau includes the Community Outreach Unit, Crime Prevention Coordinators, Youth Violence Prevention Squad, community services officers, detail of the mayor’s executive protection, crisis response team, and alternate response team.
Prior to his current assignment, Greening served in a variety of positions across the city, including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, DUI Traffic Officer, Patrol Sergeant, East Crime Team Sergeant, Narcotics Unit Detective Sergeant, South, East, and West Precinct Patrol Lieutenant, Member of the Force Review Board, Lieutenant in the Office of Police Accountability, and Eastern Precinct Operations Lieutenant and south.
Promoted to Captain in 2015, he led the Traffic and Parking Control section. In 2016, Greening led the South Ward. Promoted to deputy chief in 2017, Greening commanded the night duty captains and the Homeland Security Bureau. In 2018, Greening led the Bureau of Patrol Operations responsible for proactive citywide crime reduction strategies and 911 response. In 2020, Greening assumed command of the Bureau of Special Operations, consisting Special Weapons and Tactics Unit, Harbor Patrol Unit, Canine Unit, Arson Squad, Hostage Negotiation Team and Enforcement Section traffic and parking.
Greening holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Human Resource Management from City University of Seattle. He has completed the Senior Management Institute for Police course from the Police Executive Research Forum and the Senior Executives in State and Local Government course from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Executive Education. He is also a Senior Certified Professional accredited by the Society for Human Resource Management and holds a Diversity Equity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University.
Deputy Chief Kevin Hall is a thirty-year-old member of the Tucson Police Department, joining the department in 1992. He has served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, SWAT Sergeant, Investigative Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant , Field Services Office Executive Officer, Patrol Captain, and now Deputy Chief. He has worked in various assignments within the department to include Southern, Downtown, Eastern Operations Divisions, Gang Unit, Child Physical Abuse Unit, Internal Affairs, Homicide and Home Invasion/Kidnapping Unit.
Deputy Chief Hall developed and implemented a comprehensive pre-arrest diversion program in 2018 in Tucson for misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges associated with substance abuse. The collaborative program includes specialist peer support co-workers embedded within the police service, active outreach, self-referral and harm reduction practices. He oversees both the mental health, addictions and homelessness outreach teams within the police department.
Deputy Chief Hall has completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State & Local Government, Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command, University of Arizona Eller School of Management Southwestern Leadership Programs and Foundations of Public Sector Leadership, plus two bachelor’s degrees from the University of California and a master’s degree from Arizona State University.