King County has been recruiting for a new Director of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight and has set aside dates for King County residents to meet and provide feedback on the final candidates.
Join us to “Meet the Candidates” on either:
- Tuesday, February 16 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the TAF Center/Bethaday Community Learning Space, 605 SW 108th Street, Seattle (White Center); or
- Wednesday, February 17 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Lake Wilderness Lodge 22500 SE 248th St, Maple Valley
We are planning the two different events to give residents in different parts of the county an opportunity to meet the candidates.
The event will begin with a brief introduction from each final candidate. After introductions, you will meet in smaller groups to ask questions, interact with, and get to know the candidates. At the close of the meet and greet, there will be forms available for attendees to provide feedback. Light refreshments will be served.
We hope you can attend and look forward to seeing you on either February 16 or February 17.
The Director of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight ensures the integrity of the Sheriff’s complaint and investigation processes, resolution of resident and employee-initiated complaints, and transparency of the Sheriff’s discipline and complaint handling processes. The Office was created in May 2009. The Office reviews investigations and certifies in writing whether they are objective and complete. This may also include a determination as to whether or not additional investigation is needed. The Office is expected to issue annual reports to the Council on complaints, investigative findings and final discipline for sustained complaints. Additionally, the Office may submit recommendations for action by the Sheriff on needed improvements in policies, procedures, and practices stemming from analyses by the office that look beyond the individual case of misconduct to identify systematic problems. In November 2015, the voters of King County approved a charter amendment expanding the Office’s scope. A new Director will help shape the future of the Office.
With over 1,000 employees, the King County Sheriff’s Office serves the law enforcement needs of over half a million people in unincorporated areas and twelve contract cities. The KCSO also provides police departments for the Muckleshoot Tribe, Metro Transit, Sound Transit and the King County International Airport.
Finalist Candidates for the position of King County’s Director of Law Enforcement Oversight
A native of Seattle, Quanetta West is a Division Director for Catholic Housing Services where she oversees services and operations of women, men and children that are homeless. With over 15 years of professional level experience with disenfranchised populations, she has extensive experience in program development and management. Ms. West was the Director of Probation for two counties in the state of Maryland. She spent several years in Georgia working in the mental health and criminal justice field before she was recruited to Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Service. There she assisted them with coming into compliance with their memorandum of agreement with the federal government. This accomplishment led to her being promoted to Director over Prince George’s and Montgomery County Violence Prevention Unit and Probation Services where she worked on several initiatives for the Governor with the County Executive, various Police Chiefs, Sheriff’s Department, the Judicial System and various stakeholders to increase safety for the residents
Quanetta West holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Washington where she joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She furthered her education by receiving a Master’s of Social Work degree from Florida State University and obtained her licensure. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her newly adopted dog “Prince”, cycling on the safe streets of Seattle, playing softball, supporting the Seahawks, singing in the choir at Mount Zion Baptist Church and raising awareness and money for the Evergreen ALS Chapter.
Tina Dixon’s professional and volunteer experiences have largely been shaped by advocacy efforts on behalf of the accused, minority populations and other disenfranchised groups. Tina has engaged in national and state level policy reform work targeting equal access, community engagement and empowerment, civil rights compliance and reducing mass incarceration and racial and ethnic disparities. Tina has also worked directly on policy and litigation strategies seeking to ensure safe and humane conditions of confinement for incarcerated youth and adults, as well as appellate advocacy for capital clients and those sentenced to life without parole. Tina has successfully proposed impact litigation targeting the school-to-prison pipeline and related zero-tolerance policies, and the grossly disparate impact upon Black and disabled youth in the Deep South.
Tina’s employment experiences have included positions with the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel in Tacoma, Washington, The Center for Children’s Law and Policy in Washington, DC, and the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama.
Born and raised in Tacoma, Tina is a proud graduate of Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Tina also earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Seattle University School of Law, and completed post-graduate work at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Tina’s community and personal activities include membership at Shiloh Baptist Church in Tacoma as well as the Tacoma Branch of the NAACP, service as a former member of the City of Tacoma’s Human Rights Commission, and social action leadership activity as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an “organization of college educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community.”
In a career dedicated to advocacy, Deborah Jacobs has served in executive leadership positions for the ACLU and the Ms. Foundation for Women. She brings extensive knowledge of organizational management as well as expertise in police practices. As Executive Director for the ACLU of New Jersey for 13 years, Deborah worked on a wide array of policing issues including Internal Affairs policies, bias-based policing, sexual harassment, local enforcement of federal immigration laws, civilian review, certification and training. Deborah currently advocates for best police practices in the St. Louis region as a member of the local Don’t Shoot Coalition.
In addition to police practices, Deborah has expertise in First Amendment rights, privacy, government transparency, economic justice, criminal justice policy and women’s safety. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Deborah grew up in Ellensburg, WA.