City Attorney-elect Ann Davison announces first major appointments

Another newly elected city leader has announced her first round of major appointments. City Attorney-elect Ann Davison has chosen Scott Lindsay as deputy city attorney. Lindsay was the 2017 general-election opponent of outgoing City Attorney Pete Holmes, who Davison defeated this year, and was a public-safety adviser to former Mayor Ed Murray. Davison also announced that her Criminal Chief will be Natalie Walton-Anderson, who spent 24 years in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office earlier this year. The official announcement of both appointments is here.

26 Replies to "City Attorney-elect Ann Davison announces first major appointments"

  • Derek December 16, 2021 (3:28 pm)

    Republican and former Trump supporter Ann Davison is now hiring Sinclair and conservative media darling Scott Lindsay (big person behind Seattle is Dying editorialized nonsense by KOMO)…. Cool. This isn’t bad optics at all. I do not like this incoming group at all. And yes I voted against them.

    • Please send help! December 16, 2021 (8:23 pm)

      Seattle Is Dying couldn’t have been more true and even more so now! Seattle deserves better than what we have had. I am excited for this change to the city attorney’s office, and did  vote for Ann and looking forward to some accountability to criminals. This social experiment that the Defund Police People wants to shove down our throats is one of the biggest failures  of mankind in recent times! Criminals will always be criminals! Go Ann! Next up get a new county prosecutor who believes in holding criminals accountable and not catch & release!

      • Jesse December 17, 2021 (9:15 am)

        Seattle is Dying was mood music set to 2-3 select people’s worst moments (not even a good sample of all homeless) to try to ultimately persuade you to banish all homeless to an island a la mid-century internment camp solutions. It was gross. It was sensationalism which is meant to focus on a bias. Not news or truths. Just select views of select samples of people. It was to scare boomers–which is the intent of KOMO. Fear based journalism. Sinclair is typical like that. Davison and Lindsay are a disaster waiting to happen. And when they can’t solve a worldwide problem either, I can’t wait to hear the excuses.

    • Be honest December 16, 2021 (8:35 pm)

      Ann Davison campaigned for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and voted for Joe Biden in 2020. I am really bothered by this fake narrative that she is a trump supporter. Where did you get your information? I know the Stranger published misleading text on this. It’s really unfortunate and difficult to watch the dumbing down of the left. I have been an active progressive, Bernie voter, Liz Warren loving radical for a long time but watching the left wing of my city repeatedly call this woman a Trump supporter has made me really embarrassed by the apparent stupidity and group think. This woman switched parties, yes, but she is not a trump supporter. from the WAPO “ During the race, both candidates sought to appeal to more-moderate voters. Davison has called herself “a Seattle mom” who voted twice for Barack Obama and said she supported Joe Biden last year.”

      • Pessoa December 16, 2021 (11:25 pm)

        If you are right, then Ann-Davison campaigned for a warhawk – Hillary Clinton – who was a staunch proponent of the Iraq War, the most disastrous U.S. military intervention of recent times, and another ill-fated destabilizing intervention in Libya, crowing about it afterwards with the infamous take on J. Caesar’s, “Vidi, Venci, Vici.”   Trump’s problem?  He wasn’t starting wars fast enough or often enough for the military industrial complex.  (Biden found out what happens when you run afoul of the MIC when he left Afghanistan).  The first thing you learn about politics is that political labels are meaningless and nothing is what it seems to be.    

        • Walker December 17, 2021 (7:20 am)

          It’s thinking like this that got us Trump in 2016 and a 6-3 conservative super-majority on the Supreme Court. I hope everyone who didn’t vote for Hillary is happy with the outcome of that election. Actions have consequences; including not banding together against a greater threat.

          • Pessoa December 17, 2021 (8:51 am)

            Quite happy to not have voted for a narcissistic, delusional warmonger who still can’t accept that she lost a presidential election.   I won’t be “herded” by any political party determined to stay in power by whispering in my ear about the other half of the country that is supposed to be my “enemy.”    

          • Walker December 17, 2021 (2:26 pm)

            I’m glad you’re happy about the impending abortion and gun control decisions from SCOTUS. That’s where staying up on your high horse gets you. It’s not about herding. It’s about living in reality. I voted for Bernie in the primary and then Hillary in the general because it was either that or let Trump win. Too many people just threw up their hands (or refused to get “dirty” by voting for a candidate they considered impure) and let him win, and now we are all paying the consequences. Many conservatives voted for a candidate they didn’t like in 2016 and they got rewarded for it big time. If only more left-leaning voters were willing to play the long game like the other side is. 

        • Be Honest December 17, 2021 (7:27 am)

          To your point that politicians are all the same and party is irrelevant, we could long debate that. There is some truth to it, especially on foreign policy (with some large exceptions such as Bernie and Tulsi, who take different positions), but on domestic policy, no they aren’t the same. That said, my only point in commenting here is to clear the record on Davison. Folks are free to dislike her and fear her approach based on what she’s said or what they think she’ll do. But slandering her with a fake “trump supporter” narrative is some 1984 doublespeak BS and needs to be corrected. 

          • Pessoa December 17, 2021 (8:36 am)

            Point taken, and largely agreed upon, though the domestic policy was not, in fact, particularly right-wing nor did it deviate much from the standard Republican platform, with some notable exceptions, such as prison reform and reticence to bomb other countries (with the exception of a strike against Syria.)  

      • Bryant December 17, 2021 (10:46 am)

        She also campaigned for Trump in 2020, by recording a video as part of the Walkaway campaign. I found it deeply disturbing that she wasn’t willing to address this. Her choice of campaign manager was also interesting. Marina Udodik left her job working for a deeply conservative evangelical church to take that job. Her church is notable for giving Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA a platform to speak; this is not an isolated incident. They also invited anti-vax pro-Trump author Eric Metaxas to speak.Is Davison completely responsible for her campaign manager’s previous job choices? No. Is it okay to ask why she decided to hire someone with no previous experience as a campaign manager, who’s closely associated with an anti-gay church? Yeah, I think so.

        • Pessoa December 19, 2021 (9:52 am)

          You’ve assembled a word salad of people and organizations that is supposed to elicit fear and paranoia, a sort of reflexive mental tic.   That might work for those who want to be controlled by fear and paranoia, but not for the thinking classes.  

    • Lucy December 16, 2021 (9:12 pm)

      Well, defunding the police is certainly a better idea.  

    • StopCuttingDownTrees December 16, 2021 (9:27 pm)

      Ann Davison’s election and her appointments are music to my ears. Maybe Seattle isn’t lost after all?

    • Cd December 16, 2021 (9:43 pm)

      Derek, why does Lindsay claim to be a lifelong Democrat? He’s married to another democrat Courtney Gregoire – the daughter of former Democratic Governor Gregoire.

      What’s wrong with Seattle is dying. Everything they’ve reported is what I have seen first hand. Not sure how you could vote for or want more of the same.

    • GC December 17, 2021 (8:21 am)

      Derek, Your movement’s ideals are coming to an end. We are sick of the lawlessness in our communities.

  • MrsMyrtle December 16, 2021 (3:41 pm)

    Pinch me.

  • Auntie December 16, 2021 (5:39 pm)

    Well, at least she didn’t appoint any family members!

  • Dale December 16, 2021 (5:53 pm)

    Selecting Scott Lindsay as deputy city attorney indicates we may be bringing some level of sanity and common sense to city hall.  Great choice.

  • TJ December 16, 2021 (6:59 pm)

    C’mon, going to the “Republican and former Trump supporter” line is such a lazy knock. Hopefully she will start holding people accountable for crimes. Somehow this city started taking criminals personal lives into account more than their crime victims. 

    • Reed December 16, 2021 (9:24 pm)

      Are you posting from the conservative utopia of Arizona?

  • TJ December 16, 2021 (10:07 pm)

    I will finally be in Arizona on January 13th. Hardly a conservative utopia. More middle of the road, which it will stay in the future, and they address crime and homeless a lot different than here. Seattle seems to think it has a grand innovative way of dealing with crime, like ineffective passive police who don’t address crimes aggressively and courts who don’t hold people accountable when they do end up there. 

  • Kai December 16, 2021 (10:45 pm)

    What happened to the fact of being just plain qualified for the job regardless of political party???? 

    • AJP December 17, 2021 (11:01 am)

      Was that ever a reality? 

  • Lagartija Nick December 17, 2021 (12:19 pm)

    Well with these appointments they should have all crime eradicated from Seattle by the end of January. /s

  • Jason C. December 17, 2021 (6:03 pm)

    USA has 4% of the worlds population and 24% of the total known prison inmates. Mass incarceration creates violent criminals out of petty criminals.You may have fewer people who steal sandwiches on the street today but they might be bashing your head in tomorrow. As incarceration rates increase, the violent, murder, property and burglary crime rates increase as well.Stay safe out there & take care.

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