Request #20-245

Kindly disclose to me all Title VI complaints against Port of Seattle Police Chief Rod Covey, including the investigations resulting from such complaints, between 4/1/2009 and 5/14/2020.

These materials are not subject to the exemption provisions of RCW 42.56, which stipulate that personnel files are exempt to the extent to which disclosure would "violate personal privacy or vital government interests."

In 1978, the state supreme court defined the right to privacy as:

"One who gives publicity to a matter concerning the private life of another is subject to liability if the matter publicized is of a kind that (a) would be highly offensive to a reasonable person, and (b) is not of legitimate concern to the public."

Discrimination complaints and the resultant investigations against Chief Covey fit neither of those criteria, given the fact the Chief has been placed on administrative leave while workplace misconduct allegations are under investigation. Moreover, the climate of ongoing protests against police brutality towards people of color lend added urgency to this request.

Kindly transmit these records to me digitally and in installments as they become available.


June 14, 2020 via web



Katherine Khashimova Long





Point of Contact

Public Disclosure Pier 69

Request Closed Public


June 19, 2020, 2:11pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
June 14, 2020, 8:56pm