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February 11, 2009
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Obama taps Seattle police chief for administration job

Seattle Times

SEATTLE — Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske has accepted a job in the Obama administration, most likely overseeing the nation’s drug policies, according to sources familiar with the chief’s plans.

Kerlikowske, who has led the department for more than eight years, has told the department’s top commanders he expects to leave to take a top federal position, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren’t officially authorized to disclose the information.

One source said the Seattle office of the FBI had received a “special presidential inquiry” ordering a comprehensive background check on Kerlikowske in anticipation of his taking a position in the administration.

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