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King County Sheriff's Race Heats Up

Results of two negative county performance audits this summer have amped up the race between John Urquhart and Steve Strachan for King County Sheriff.

The campaign for King County Sheriff is racheting up as candidates Sheriff Steve Strachan and former sheriff's spokesperson Sgt. John Urquhart, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"urquhart-announces-candidacy-for-king-county-sheriff"} --> laid out their plans and traded a few jabs at a Tuesday meeting.

The race has gained a renewed focus after in the Sheriff's Office concerning citizen complaints, use of force and general conduct. Both Strachan and Urquhart described their vision of how they would lead one of the the state's largest law enforcement agencies with an annual budget of approximately $150 million during their four-year term.

"The KCSO is going down the wrong road," said Urquhart. "We are going down the road where we will lose the support of the communities that we police."

King County Sheriff Steve Strachan was in April after Sue Rahr resigned to begin her new role as director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) on April 1.

Ron Roberts September 21, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I watched the debate, and found Urq's comments hilarious. He claims that he is inspired by the book "Good to Great" by Jim Collins, and that his mgmt. style would be modeled on that. The basic premise of the book is, get the right people "on the bus" and "in the right seats". What he left out is, you also have to get the wrong people off the bus, and it takes a level 5 leader to implement it. First, J-Urq is no level 5 leader. That's clear from his ill-fated stint in Burien. Second, he was one of the people taken "off the bus" and put into exile at the spokesperson's office, so he would have no supervisory role over other officers. Now, he's hoping that King County voters put him back on the bus AND make him the bus driver? Voting for J-Urq is the definition of insanity; doing the same things over and over again, and hoping for different results. Let me off at the next stop, please.
Sally Hall September 21, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Good to Great?!? J-Urq is just getting around to reading this? After the King 5 interview with Linda Byron, it sounds like J-Urq wasn't even a level 2 leader. But on the reading list...I think you might want to look at "Who Stole My Cheese?" "Old beliefs do not lead you to new cheese." The bad news: no leadership book in the world can teach J-Urq to not be arrogant. Arrogance is the opposite of leadership.
Julian Petersen September 22, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Strachan continues to make excuses for everything, but the audits detail missed shooting review boards and botched internal investigations. These were his decision and (lack of) decisions. Strachan has got to go, vote Urquhart.
Joel Johnston October 05, 2012 at 08:28 AM
The Sheriff's office handles the delivery of Domestic Violence Restraining orders for Superior Court. Each one of them states a crime has been committed. Of 1500 given out in 2011, not one was investigated by the Sheriff's office. Strachan says its not their responsibility. HAH! Who's is it - the dog catcher? As long as the Sheriff's office doesn't investigate them, and just simply collects the money for delivery of these, nothing will change. Kids like Sky Metalwala will continue to be lost by false accusing mothers. the Real DV perps will kill more innocent women, and families in King County will continue to be a mess. We can do better for a sheriff!
Sally Hall October 09, 2012 at 01:08 AM
The only person who posts "Vote Urquhart" is John Urquhart or his apple-polishing campaign manager. Why is it that Urquhart has lied to the press about his IIU investigation, stating that he created a hostile work environment...I am not sure what report Urquhart is looking at but his is a liar...and fond of spinning the truth to suit his needs. The posts are another example of John Urquhart with way too much time on his hands...you can do better for a sheriff...indeed. Strachan is honest and trustworthy...executive manager...with recent experience...John...has 14 months of first line leadership that ended with a performance plan...get real!

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