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Former police chief lands gig in Seattle TV news

Oct 19, 2020, 6:00 PM | Updated: Oct 20, 2020, 6:28 am
Chief Best...
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best addresses the press as city crews dismantle the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area outside of the Seattle Police Department's vacated East Precinct on July 1, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
(Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

Former Seattle police chief Carmen Best has a new job.

Carmen Best will be a law enforcement analyst at KING 5, the TV station announced Monday. Expect to see Best both on television and on digital platforms.

Best retired from the Seattle Police Department on Sept. 2 after a summer marked by protests and riots in the city.

“I can honestly say I have no regrets,” Best said during a news conference shortly after word got out that Best was leaving the department. “I will always love being a SPD officer. To the men and women of the SPD, you will always have my respect. You will always be in my heart. You are without a doubt the best police department in the country.”

Best’s retirement followed an historic vote from the Seattle City Council, enacting sweeping cuts to the city’s police department budget.

“My heart is heavy to lose her, and I will freely admit, I wish she was staying,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said in the same news conference.

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