Seasoned advocate and Washington native Deborah Jacobs will lead OLEO
The Metropolitan King County Council announced today the hiring of Deborah Jacobs as Director for the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO), an independent government agency with responsibility for reviewing complaints relating to the King County Sheriff’s Office, its policies and practices.
“I can’t imagine a better place than King County to advocate for best police practices and the interests of its residents,” said Jacobs, a native of Washington State. “With diverse communities that are passionate about fairness, a sheriff with a strong reputation for accountability and a climate geared to best practices and professionalism, I feel confident that together we can not only serve the people of King County, but also play a leadership role as a nationwide model for effective oversight and collaboration.”
Jacobs takes the helm of a newly strengthened agency. In November, King County voters approved a measure to expand OLEO’s authority to investigate complaints. New precedents for investigations and advocacy will be established under her leadership.