Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske could soon be headed for Washington D.C. to take a high level job in the Obama administration.

Q13 Fox News caught up with Chief Kerlikowske Tuesday night and he would not confirm or deny the rumors.

A source tells Q13 Fox News that the chief was 40 minutes late for a meeting on Tuesday because he was talking with Retired General Barry McCaffrey.

McCaffrey was the "Drug Czar" under President Clinton.

Sources say Kerlikowske did not say anything about a new position when he arrived at the meeting.

Reports say Kerlikowske is being considered for a position with the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Several City Councilmembers tell Q13 Fox News they've heard the same rumors and most believe they are true.

Councilmember Jean Godden said "I don't think any of us are surprised that Obama would want him." 

Kerlikowske came to Seattle after serving in the Justice Department under the Clinton administration.

He was the Deputy Director of the department's Community Oriented Policing Services.

Kerlikowske was hired in 2000 and inherited a department still reeling from the 1999 WTO protests.

Kerlikowske faced his own issues including criticism for his decision to pull back officers during the 2001 Mardi Gras riots.

He also had to overcome problems within his department when members of the police guild handed down a no-confidence vote.

Kerlikowske is credited with introducing less lethal weapons to the department, such as taser guns.

During his tenure, the city has increased the size of the police force and watched the crime rate drop.

If the chief leaves, Mayor Greg Nickels would select the next chief.

Nickels would not comment on talk about the chief's departure.

Sources tell Q13 Fox News that he is already asking people in the department for names of a possible replacement.