Finding Seattle’s next Transportation Director

The City of Seattle is conducting a national search to find an experienced, well-respected, and accountable executive to effectively lead the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)

The Mayor’s Office is engaging the people of Seattle in a conversation about the qualities they would like to see in Seattle’s Transportation Director with the help of a Community Advisory Committee.


Community feedback is essential to selecting a Director of Transportation who can manage our complex multi-modal transportation system. Here are three ways you can help the Mayor find the right fit:

Attend public meetings: Please note – all SDOT Director Search meetings have occurred. The Mayor’s office held a series of public meetings with the Community Advisory Committee. Here are the final documents developed from those meetings:

Take our online survey: Please note – the deadline for taking this survey has now passed. The Mayor’s office invited the community to comment on desired qualities for the Director of Transportation and here is a summary of the key themes we heard in the over 400 responses we received. These are being shared with the Community Advisory Committee for their review and consideration in recommending selection criteria.


The Mayor’s Office is moving quickly to name a Director of Transportation, while allowing time to encourage and consider community input. The Mayor’s Office anticipates announcing the Transportation Director by mid-June 2014. The Mayor’s nomination is subject to Council approval.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) mission is “to create and maintain for Seattle a safe and reliable transportation system which enhances neighborhoods, the environment and the economy.” Everything the department does is aimed at enhancing mobility within the city; this department has as its vision “to be the most innovative and responsive transportation agency in the region.” The viability of our neighborhoods and the health of our region’s economy are dependent upon access and mobility.

The Director of Transportation reports to the Mayor and has management oversight of more than 750 employees and an annual operating budget of more than $400 million.

Learn more about SDOT.

Search Process Milestones

  • March 20, 2014: Announce Community Advisory Committee members and convene CAC for first meeting
  • Mid-March to Mid-April 2014: Conduct outreach and gather feedback on search criteria
  • April 5, 2014: Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit – opportunity to gather feedback on search criteria
  • Mid-April 2014: Finalize assessment criteria produced for search committee
  • Mid-April 2014: Commence national recruitment
  • Mid-May 2014: Search Committee interviews and selects finalists for mayoral consideration
  • Late May 2014: Mayor selects and announces new Director of Transportation
  • June 2014: Council considers/acts on Mayor’s selection


If you have questions or more thoughts you would like to share on the search for a new Seattle Department of Transportation Director, please contact us at

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