Move to scale back Sheriff’s Office power heads to voters

SEATTLE (AP) — The Metropolitan King County Council has voted to scale back the autonomy of the county sheriff, moving to make the position appointed, instead of elected, and to give the County Council the ability to reduce the scope of the Sheriff’s Office. The Seattle Times reports both changes will be sent to voters as separate ballot measures in November. Voters will decide whether to make the sheriff appointed and whether to allow the County Council to spell out the specific duties of the sheriff. Council member Girmay Zahilay framed the changes as a response to the protests against police brutality and systemic racism that have roiled the country for nearly two months.