Suddenly, everyone is keen about knowing more about Carmen Best after she came into limelight as a result of her resignation as Police Chief. Carmen Best served as Seattle Police Chief before resigning from the post on August 10, 2020.
The major speculation around her resignation is the announcement of City Council’s approval of the proposed reduction of the police officers in the force. Hours after City Council approved to cut short 100 police officials, Carmen Best resigned from the post.
Carmen Best is also the first black woman to serve as the city’s police chief. Best, in her statement, released on Monday night said that she will be officially reliving herself off the duty on 2nd September 2020. She quoted that it is difficult time and decision for her but it is time when it is time.
Best in her statement wrote:
“To the Women and Men of the Seattle Police Department –
I wanted to notify you that I will be retiring from the Seattle Police Department, effective September 2nd, 2020. I wanted you to hear this from me, but some media have reached this conclusion on their own.
This was a difficult decision for me, but when it’s time, it’s time.
I want to thank Mayor Durkan for her continuous support through good times and tough times.
I am confident the department will make it through these difficult times. You truly are the best police department in the country, and please trust me when I say, the vast majority of people in Seattle support you and appreciate you.
I am impressed daily at your skill, your compassion, and your dedication. I am thankful my command team has agreed to continue serving the department, and that Mayor Durkan has appointed Deputy Chief Adrian Diaz as the interim Chief of Police. Chief Diaz shares my commitment to this department and has the trust of the community.
I look forward to seeing how this department moves forward through the process of re-envisioning public safety. I relish the work that will be done by all of you.
After more than 28 years, I am so thankful for the time I spent at SPD. You are my family. You will always be in my heart. We have had tough times before and come out better on the other side. I am glad I pushed through each of those tough times with you.
I am grateful for the opportunity to have served as your Chief.
Remember to take care of one another.”