King County Council ousts law enforcement oversight director

SEATTLE (AP) — The Metropolitan King County Council has voted 5-4 to not extend the contract of the civilian director of the county’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight after praising her work but saying workplace issues have soured her time there. The Seattle Times reports the council voted this week to begin a national search to replace Deborah Jacobs, and appointed the office’s current deputy director, Adrienne Wat, as interim director. Jacobs has protested her removal as director during the search, saying normal procedure would have her continue in the role while a replacement is found. The decision to remove Jacobs came after an investigation found Jacobs had used inappropriate and discriminatory language and made some staff feel uncomfortable.