King County could make sheriff appointed rather than elected

SEATTLE (AP) — King County would switch to an appointed rather than an elected sheriff and the county’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight would be granted subpoena power to investigate the Sheriff’s Office, under new proposals before the Metropolitan King County Council. The Seattle Times reports both measures were recommended after an 18-month review to increase accountability and Sheriff’s Office oversight. If approved by the council in coming weeks, the measures would be placed on the November ballot for voter approval.