Former Chief Best debuts on national, local tv

Oct 27, 2020
Written by wpengine

Former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best didn’t stay retired for long.

In about a month’s time since stepping down as Police Chief, she’s debuted as a network contributor on NBC News, a law enforcement analyst for KING TV in Seattle and said she’s begun working for a global private security firm.

Best retired in protest last month when faced with a City Council mandate to fire 100 police officers. The Council also cut her salary (and those of her leadership team) to a level well below the salaries of previous chiefs.

“There aren’t that many people who have been police chiefs of major cities who can talk about that experience, especially in this era of social reckoning, race and social justice and all the other societal issues that are coming to bear,” Best told The Seattle Times. “We’re at the precipice, the cusp, of a lot of change that will set the trajectory for the future. We need to get it right because the stakes are very high.”

Read more and watch a recent television appearance here.