(KOMO NEWS) – The city of Seattle has entered into a contract with Andre Taylor, a high-profile civic activist who will become the city's first "Street Czar," a role that has come under fire from some in the community.
Under the terms of the year-long contract, the city will pay Taylor and his group, called Not This Time, $150,000 to provide "expertise and support services in de-escalation, community engagement, and alternatives to policing." The city's contract was first reported by Publicola.
Taylor said the role will benefit the city and its outreach efforts to the community.
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"A street czar is a person who has a particular genius in a particular area," Taylor told KOMO News on Tuesday. "I know the term 'street czar' is quite provocative."