Minutes, 1890-1896

Overview of the Collection

Seattle (Wash.). Board of Police Commissioners
1890-1896 (inclusive)
1 volume
Collection Number
Proceedings of Board of Police Commissioners meetings, 1890-1896.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The City Charter of 1890 created the Board of Police Commissioners, which administered the Police Department. The Board consisted of the mayor and four police commissioners appointed by the mayor; police commissioners served four-year terms. The Board was responsible for appointing (and, when necessary, removing) the Chief of Police and all subordinate officers, as well as making regulations for the governance of the Department and deciding penalties for violation of rules.

Following allegations of corruption, the Commission was abolished by the new Charter of 1896. The Chief of Police, appointed by the mayor, served as administrator of the Department.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Minutes of the Board of Police Commissioners, 1890-1896, report proceedings of Board meetings. Included are resolutions and policy decisions made by the Board and actions taken in dealing with Police Department employees (including applications for and appointments to positions on the police force, as well as resignations, disciplinary actions, and reinstatements). Also included are reports on investigations of charges or grievances against officers. An alphabetical index at the front of the volume lists the names of persons mentioned in the minutes as well as topics of interest.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Board of Police Commissioners Minutes, Record Series 6400-01. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Board of Police Commissioners Minutes 1890-1896

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Police--Dismissal of--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Police--Selection and appointment--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Police--Supervision of--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Police--Washington (State)--Seattle

Corporate Names

  • Seattle (Wash.). Board of Police Commissioners
  • Seattle (Wash.). Police Dept.

Geographical Names

  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government

Form or Genre Terms

  • Minutes