King County Undersheriff Patti Cole-Tindall appointed interim sheriff

Executive Dow Constantine made the announcement Tuesday, making Cole-Tindall the first person of color to serve as King County’s sheriff.

SEATTLE — Executive Dow Constantine has appointed King County Undersheriff Patti Cole-Tindall to the role of interim sheriff as current sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht’s term comes to an end.

Cole-Tindall is the first sheriff that has been appointed since the role became an elected position in 1996.

Last year, King County residents voted to have the sheriff’s position go back to being appointed rather than elected through Charter Amendment 5, which was approved with 56% of the vote.

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