Kathleen M. O'Toole, JD, PhD
JD, PhD, Business
Building/Room: Casey 332
Chief Kathleen O'Toole was sworn in as Chief of the Seattle Police Department on June 23rd, 2014.
Chief O'Toole is a career police officer and lawyer who has earned an international reputation for her principled leadership and reform strategies.
In 2012, Ms. O’Toole completed a six-year term as Chief Inspector of the Gardia Síochána Inspectorate, an oversight body responsible for bringing reform, best practice and accountability to the 17,000 member Irish national police service.
Prior to serving in Ireland, Ms. O’Toole rose through the ranks of local and state policing in the United States. During her police career, she was assigned to numerous patrol, investigative, undercover, supervisory and management positions. She served as Superintendent (Chief) of the Metropolitan District Commission Police and Lieutenant Colonel overseeing Special Operations in the Massachusetts State Police. She was later appointed Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety (1994) and Boston Police Commissioner (2004).