SeaTac Council unanimously votes to hire Police Chief Cole as new City Manager

On Wednesday night, Nov. 14, the SeaTac City Council unanimously voted to hire current SeaTac Police Chief Carl Cole as the new City Manager.

This fall, Chief Cole submitted his name to the Council for consideration for the City Manager position.

On Wednesday the City Council held a Special Council Meeting to interview Mr. Cole for the City’s top job. The Council recessed in order to allow for a Public Open House where the community was allowed to ask questions of Mr. Cole.

At the end of the meeting, the Council voted to hire Mr. Cole.

The new City Manager will be replacing current City Manager Joseph Scorcio who is retiring in early 2019 after spending six years with the City of SeaTac including time as the Community and Economic Development Director. The City will begin employment contract negotiations with Mr. Cole who is expected to start with the City on January 1, 2019 that will allow for a transition time that overlaps with the current City Manager.

Mr. Cole will be resigning from his position as SeaTac Police Chief. The new Police Chief will be appointed by the City Manager.

Chief Cole joined the King County Sheriff’s Office in 1991. During his tenure, Chief Cole served in numerous operational, investigative, and administrative assignments until eventually promoting to Chief of the SeaTac Police Department. Chief Cole graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and minors in Religion and Biology. Cole continued his education with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Dan Evans School at the University of Washington. In addition, Cole, earned numerous Career Level Certifications through the agency executive level from the Criminal Justice Training Commission.

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