(Seattle, WA) Mayor Mike McGinn has appointed former Judge Anne Levinson to help oversee investigations of allegations of police misconduct. Levinson will serve as the civilian auditor for the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), an outside consultant to the city who reviews complaints and investigations of misconduct, assesses substantive policies, procedures and training that impact the accountability of the Police Department or the public’s perception of that accountability, and makes recommendations to the mayor and Council to strengthen accountability.

(Seattle, WA) Mayor Mike McGinn has appointed former Judge Anne Levinson to help oversee investigations of allegations of police misconduct. Levinson will serve as the civilian auditor for the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), an outside consultant to the city who reviews complaints and investigations of misconduct, assesses substantive policies, procedures and training that impact the accountability of the Police Department or the public’s perception of that accountability, and makes recommendations to the mayor and Council to strengthen accountability.

Levinson was a Seattle Municipal Court judge from 1999 to 2001 where she handled criminal cases. She also developed and presided over one of the country’s first mental health courts. She served as legal counsel in both the Rice and Royer administrations.  Levinson also served as chief of staff and then deputy mayor for Mayor Rice. She was chairwoman of the Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission, the state’s quasi-judicial body that regulates private telecommunications and energy companies. She recently served on the Police Chief Search Committee and co-chaired the committee to select a replacement for Dow Constantine’s position on the County Council. She has a long history of community leadership on a range of civic issues.

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