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After his first 100 days, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell talks top issues and rebuilding trust

Bruce Harrell in studio with Kirsten Kendrick
Parker Miles Blohm
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KNKX
Bruce Harrell talks with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick in January 2022, ahead of taking office at Seattle mayor.

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell has been in office for four months. In that time, the issues that he campaigned on, have made the news. Namely, affordable housing, homelessness, policing and crime.

KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick sat down with Harrell, for a quarterly check-in with the mayor. He described entering office with a demoralized police department, numerous vacancies and demands for change.

Emphasizing his administration's pursuit of "sustainable change," Harrell said the city is pursuing a "housing first" policy; trying to activate areas, like Third Avenue and Pike Street, impacted by increased crime, and

In response to a recent report that Seattle police officers routinely disregarded mask mandates during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Harrell called the findings "very disappointing."

Citing Malcolm Gladwell's book "Talking to Strangers," Harrell said trust must be earned and the Seattle Police Department faces the challenge of rebuilding trust with many communities.

Listen to their full conversation above.

Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting Morning Edition on KNKX/KPLU since 2006. She has worked in news radio for more than 30 years. Kirsten is also a sports lover. She handles most sports coverage at the station, including helping produce a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the ongoing series "Going Deep."
Vivian McCall is a reporter, producer and host at KNKX. Originally from Texas, Vivian spent the majority of her journalism career in Chicago. She loves having fun with sound and digging into cool science stories.
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