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Mayor Elect Murray Announces Initial List of Departmental Retentions and Changes
Seattle (Nov. 22) – Seattle Mayor Elect Ed Murray today issued an update on where things currently stand on his ongoing conversations with department directors.
Mayor Elect Murray began meeting individually with the heads of city departments to discuss his plans and priorities for when he takes office in January. These are ongoing meetings that will continue through December.
“I mentioned earlier in the week that there would be some changes in personnel, as can be expected with any transition to a new administration. I wanted share where things stand in that regard at the present time,” Murray said.
The following department heads will be not be returning once the new administration takes office:
Beth Goldberg– City Budget Office
Peter Hahn – Department of Transportation
Marco Lowe – Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
David Stewart – Personnel Director
In addition, Rick Hooper, the current director of the Office of Housing, is announcing his retirement, and Catherine Lester, the interim Director of Human Services, has been asked to stay on for now as the City conducts a search for a permanent director.
“We enter public service with a belief that government can and should be partners with the people we serve, and responsive to the community. I want to thank all of these dedicated public servants for their commitment, professionalism and hard work for the people of Seattle. I wish them all the best in their next endeavors,” Murray said.
Mayor Elect Murray has also met with and asked for the continued service of the following:
Fred Podesta – Director of Finance and Administrative Services
Bernie Matsuno – Director Department of Neighborhoods
Ray Hoffman– Seattle Public Utilities
Gregory Dean – Fire Chief, Seattle Fire Department
Erin Devoto – Director, Department of Information Technology
Steve Johnson – Director of Department of Economic Development
Diane Sugimura – Director of Department of Planning and Development
Randy Engstrom – Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Robert Nellams – Director of Seattle Center
Jorge Carrasco – Superintendent of City Light
Mayor Elect Murray’s transition will make additional announcements in the future as these meetings continue.