On Monday, Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess nominated Andrew Myerberg to become director of the Office of Police Accountability (OPA). If his nomination is confirmed by the city council, Myerberg will lead the OPA, an independent office that investigates complaints of police misconduct and initiates its own misconduct probes. Myerberg is the first nominee under the police accountability legislation adopted in May 2017.
Myerberg, a civilian, has been serving as director of the OPA on an interim basis since July 2017. Prior to his appointment, he was a leader of the Police Action Team within the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. While there, he was chief attorney on the court case resulting in Seattle’s signing of a federal consent decree to carry out police reforms. He also acted as the primary contact for the city’s legislative, executive, and judicial departments on matters related to criminal law, police operations and reform, and civil rights.
“Meaningful civilian oversight is essential to maintaining the Seattle Police Department as a model for 21st century policing,” said Mayor Burgess. “Myerberg is experienced, committed to the public good, and has already begun to build a relationship of trust between our police service and the people of Seattle.”
“I am honored to be nominated for this role and look forward to continuing my work strengthening the Office of Police Accountability,” said Myerberg. “This work is not just about disciplining officers when necessary. It is about building and sustaining a culture of accountability throughout the Seattle Police Department. I brought this firm belief to my role as interim OPA director, and I promise to hold fast to it as director.”
The nominee for the OPA director was selected through a competitive process which began in July 2017. A search committee with representatives from the Office of the Mayor, City Council, the Community Police Commission and the Seattle Police Department recommended Myerberg to Mayor Burgess for appointment.