Director, Office of Independent Investigations

The Office of Independent Investigations (OII) is established within the Office of the Governor for the purpose of investigating incidents involving use of force by law enforcement officers. This is a newly created office that will conduct fair, thorough, transparent and competent investigations of incidents involving police use of deadly force. You will work with the OII Advisory Board to create the new investigation structure and to develop the practices and procedures to implement a new system of investigations. You will use your deep understanding of criminal investigation and prosecution experience, organizational leadership, and community engagement, as well as your understanding of the systemic nature of racial bias and the impact of policing on communities to operate and stand up all aspects of the newly created office.

You must be a visionary leader who is able to develop and support the technical aspects of the office as well as a culture dedicated to the highest standards of investigations and interactions with all individuals with whom the office works.  You must have experience conducting criminal investigations or prosecutions, including homicide cases. Racial equity training is a foundational expectation for the office and staff.  You must have an understanding of racial equity and justice issues to appreciate the complexities of the interactions, lead the work of the office, and determine the training needed for staff and the advisory board.  The OII Director will be appointed by the Governor from a list of candidates recommended by the advisory board.

As the Director you will be tasked with implementing a strategic vision for the office and provide executive leadership and oversight for all agency operations. You will have the opportunity to determine the staffing needs for the office and make all final hiring decisions in building high performing agency.


The Office of Independent Investigations is a new agency created to conduct competent, thorough,  independent, and fair investigations of police use of force.  The director will be responsible for creating the office which will include regional investigation teams.  These teams will conduct the criminal investigation of all use of deadly force cases involving law enforcement officers within the state.


The preferred candidate will have experience and demonstrated success in the following areas:

Five years experience in a combination of the following:

Homicide investigations
Criminal investigations
Civil rights cases

Bachelors’ degree from an accredited institution, education may be substituted for seven years of experience if you have experience in all of the following: homicide investigations, prosecutions, criminal investigations, and civil rights cases.

Five years of experience leading large or complex organizations or systems, senior leadership experience.

Visionary leadership, with demonstrated understanding of the expansive nature of this office and the significance of the work –  expectations vs qualifications, experience in management is desirable.

Strong proven ability to model ethical conduct or personal/professional standards and communicate personal vision and strategic direction, both internally and externally.

Understanding of racial equity trainings related to law enforcement, implicit and explicit bias, use of a racial equity lens to conduct the work of the office, and anti-racism trainings.

Experience working with sensitive, high-profile cases including the ability to effectively interact with and collaborate with senior leaders, senior staff in the Governor’s office, the legislature, media, diverse stakeholder groups, the public, and other community organizations.

Experience with developing metrics and overseeing budget processes.
Condition of Employment:

On August 9, 2021 Gov. Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 21-14, that requires all employees of executive cabinet agencies to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine, by Oct. 18, 2021, as a condition of your employment. Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a part of the hiring process. Your vaccination status will be verified at new employee onboarding. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.


Compensation is dependent on qualifications and parity across the enterprise. The compensation for this position is set by the State Officials’ Salary Administration (SOSA). Minimum salary will begin at $120,000 to a maximum depending on qualifications.

Application Process:

The top candidates will be contacted directly to interview for this position. Because the selection will be based on information provided by you, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that address the required and desirable qualifications described above.

Interested applicants MUST submit the following:

A letter of interest describing specific qualifications.
A current resume detailing applicable experience and education.
A list of at least five professional references with current telephone numbers (in the online application or attached).

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment
As conditions of employment this position requires Senate Confirmation and submitting financial information with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). Within two weeks of the hiring date, the incumbent needs to submit a Senate Confirmation Questionnaire, an Oath of Office, and a Financial Affairs Statement.

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