Demoted SPD assistant chief reinstated after 2 months

Demoted SPD assistant chief reinstated after 2 months
Seattle Police Deputy Chief Nick Metz talks to reporters near Cafe Racer, where a gunman opened fire, killing two people and critically wounded three others, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in Seattle. Police are searching for the gunman, described as a man in his 30s wearing dark clothes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE -- After a demotion to captain that lasted all of two months, Nick Metz has been reinstated as assistant chief at the Seattle Police Department, according to a Jan. 29 announcement by Interim Chief Harry Bailey.

Metz had been bumped down to captain by previous Interim Chief Jim Pugel in November.

As assistant chief under Bailey, who was picked by new Mayor Ed Murray to replace Pugel earlier this month, Metz will head the Field Support Bureau.

The Jan. 29 announcement also revealed shakeups at the precinct level.

Capt. Chris Fowler will replace Capt. Jim Dermody as head of the West Precinct, which includes Downtown Seattle. Capt. Pierre Davis will replace the recently instated Capt. Mike Edwards as head of the East Precinct. And, Capt. Steve Wilske will replace Capt. Joe Kessler in the Southwest Precinct.

In addition, the Professional Standards Bureau is now the Compliance and Professional Standards Bureau and includes Compliance Office staff, the Education & Training Section, the Audit, Policy & Research Section, and the new Force Investigations Unit.

The Special Operations Bureau has been divided into Special Operations and Homeland Security bureaus, as per the announcement.