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Law enforcement and Lt. Gov. at April Civic Cocktail

It’s public safety and politics at the April Civic Cocktail. The region’s top cops, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best and King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht, along with Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib will join host Joni Balter, 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, at the Palace Ballroom, 2100 5th Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Register via Seattle CityClub.

Best and Johanknecht return to Civic Cocktail (they were guests in February 2018) to discuss police-community relations, law enforcement in the modern age, and a look at what 2019 holds for the departments – from federally-mandated police reforms to officer recruitment.

When Gov. Jay Inslee is out of state, Habib is in charge. The position of lieutenant governor is unlike any other in Washington state government with duties in both the executive and legislative branches. Blind since age 8, Habib will talk about his journey to public service and his priorities, which include improving access to educational and economic opportunities, with a special focus on removing barriers for people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups.

Featured journalists Enrique Cerna, veteran broadcast journalist, and Amy Radill, of KUOW, will join the conversation.

Civic Cocktail is taped before a live audience for later broadcast on Seattle Channel (cable 21) and online.

Civic Cocktail — presented by Seattle Channel and Seattle CityClub— offers a night of networking, civic conversation, Tom Douglas appetizers and a no-host bar. Presenting sponsor is Comcast-NBCUniversal. Thanks to media sponsors KUOW and The Evergrey.