Rev. Harriett Walden, Katherine Seibel, and Douglas Wagoner were unanimously elected to become co-chairs of the Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC) Wednesday.
“We’re looking forward to working with community, commissioners and staff to put our collective energy towards the many challenges ahead. The next few months are an opportunity to provide the CPC with some stability and continue progress on issues like oversight of the ongoing consent decree oversight, police contract bargaining, and helping shape the future of public safety.”CPC co-chairs Rev. Harriett Walden, Katherine Seibel, and Douglas Wagoner
Under the CPC’s bylaws, co-chairs are tasked with a number of different leadership responsibilities including:
- Presiding over CPC meetings;
- Signing all official CPC documents;
- Overseeing the commission’s committees; and
- Acting as the official spokespersons for the CPC.
Rev. Harriett Walden
Rev. Walden has been re-elected to the co-chair role. She last served as CPC co-chair through 2020. Rev. Walden has played an active role in police reform and accountability for more than three decades and is the founder of Mothers for Police Accountability.
Katherine Seibel (she/her)
Katherine Seibel joined the CPC in April of 2021 and has helped co-lead the behavioral health and de-escalation workgroup. Katherine is currently the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington and her career has included mental health direct service, multi-state and federal policy and advocacy engagement promoting mental health, social-emotional learning, child sexual abuse prevention, and bullying prevention, and she has served as a teaching associate at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Katherine received her MSSW in public policy from Columbia University.
Douglas Wagoner (he/him)
Douglas is the Deputy Director of Communications for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and a Board Member on the West Seattle Food Bank. Since joining the CPC in March of 2020, he has advocated for increased behavioral health responses for individuals in crisis and new police accountability laws through the state legislature. He is a former staff member at the Washington State Department of Health, in Washington State’s U.S. Congressional Delegation, and is currently studying for a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in criminal justice reform at the University of Washington.
The co-chairs will serve until the CPC’s next elections in January 2022.
Want to reach out to the new co-chairs? Don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing OCPC@Seattle.gov.