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File #: 2020-0206    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/9/2020 In control: Committee of the Whole
On agenda: Final action: 7/7/2020
Enactment date: 7/16/2020 Enactment #: 19125
Title: AN ORDINANCE proposing to amend the King County Charter to grant the office of law enforcement oversight subpoena powers; amending Section 265 of the King County Charter; and submitting the same to the voters of the county for their ratification or rejection at the next general election to be held in this county occurring more than forty-five days after the enactment of this ordinance.
Sponsors: Rod Dembowski, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Joe McDermott, Girmay Zahilay, Claudia Balducci
Indexes: Charter, Elections, OLEO
Code sections: 265 - *
Attachments: 1. Ordinance 19125, 2. 2020-0206_OLEO_CharterAmd_Subpoena_SR.docx, 3. 2020-0206_ATT2_2019-03-20 - OLEO Charter Proposed Changes.pdf, 4. 2020-0206_Amd_T1_Final.docx, 5. 2020-0206_Amd1_Final.docx, 6. Written Comment Irene Danysh, 7. Written Comment Jeppa Hall, 8. Written Comment Vicky Hartley, 9. 2020-0206_REVISEDSR_OLEO_CharterAmd_Subpoena.docx
Staff: Bowman, Nick
Drafter
Clerk 06/22/2020
Title
AN ORDINANCE proposing to amend the King County Charter to grant the office of law enforcement oversight subpoena powers; amending Section 265 of the King County Charter; and submitting the same to the voters of the county for their ratification or rejection at the next general election to be held in this county occurring more than forty-five days after the enactment of this ordinance.
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BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KING COUNTY:
SECTION 1. There shall be submitted to the qualified voters of King County for their ratification or rejection, at the next general election to be held in this county occurring more than forty-five days after the enactment of this ordinance, an amendment to Article 2, Section 265 of the King County Charter, as set forth herein:
Section 265. Office of Law Enforcement Oversight.
The county council shall establish by ordinance an office of law enforcement oversight, which shall be a part of the legislative branch. The office shall have a director who is appointed by a majority of the county council to serve a term of four years and until a successor is appointed. The director may be removed from office at any time for cause by a majority of the county council.
The authority of the office of law enforcement oversight shall be prescribed by ordinance and should include: investigation, review and analysis of conduct of county law enforcement officers that has been the subject of a complaint and the use of force by county law enforcement officers regardless of whether it has been the subject of a complaint; and review and analysis of internal investigations conducted and disciplinary action taken by the department of public safety regarding that conduct or use of force.
The authority of the office should also include: the preparation and publication of findings, conclusions and recommendations related to the office's oversight of the department of public safety; and community outreach concerning t...

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