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Mayor Harrell Statement on Garfield High School Shooting

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement after a shooting at Garfield High School: This is an incredibly difficult day, made all the more so because we have been here before. Gun violence is a national epidemic, but the impacts are felt in our cities, in our… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Signs Legislation to Expedite Demolition and Remediation of Dangerous Vacant Buildings in Seattle

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed new legislation that will amend the Seattle Fire Code and allow the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) to order and complete remediation or demolition of dangerous vacant buildings. The legislation was unanimously passed by the City Council this week and includes an emergency clause… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Signs New Agreement to Support Investment Attraction and Job Creation with Korean Businesses and Start-Ups in Seattle

Seattle – On Tuesday, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the City of Seattle and Korea SMEs and Startups Agency (KOSME) to facilitate investment attraction and job creation with Korean small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups in Seattle. “Seattle is a hub for global innovation,… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Awarded Nearly $3.2 Million to Support Residential and Small Businesses Transition from Fossil Fuels to Clean, Energy Efficient Appliances

Seattle (June 4, 2024) – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $3.2 million is awarded to the City of Seattle as part of the state’s Home Electrification Appliance Rebates (HEAR) grant program. Funded by Washington’s Climate Commitment Act, Seattle will use the funds to augment existing programs that help… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces Crime Prevention Technology Pilot Next Steps Following Public Input

The pilot will be part of the forthcoming One Seattle Safety Framework and comes after extensive public outreach and five Community Safety Forums where residents shared their ideas and concerns about safety in their neighborhoods. Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the next steps for the proposed Crime Prevention… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Next Chief Technology Officer: Mayor Harrell Appoints Accomplished Government Executive and IT Leader Rob Lloyd

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he has selected Rob Lloyd as Seattle’s next Interim Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Director of the Information Technology Department (IT) following a national search. An accomplished government and technology leader with decades of experience working for cities and states, Rob will… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Appoints Sue Rahr Interim Police Chief, Adrian Diaz to Work on Special Assignments

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he is appointing Sue Rahr as interim chief of the Seattle Police Department. Rahr, who has a storied history of leadership in modern policing, culture change, and recruitment, and who served as King County Sheriff, Executive Director of the Washington State Criminal… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Signs Legislation to Allow Construction of Workforce Housing, Artist Workspaces in Seattle’s Georgetown Neighborhood

900 units of housing and artist workspaces to be built to create new arts-centered community Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed legislation that will allow new workforce housing and community spaces to be built in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood by increasing the height limit. The land use code amendment legislation… [ Keep reading ]

One Seattle Homelessness Action Plan Posts Q1 2024 Data Updates

Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell released updated data sets for the first quarter of 2024 for the City’s One Seattle Homelessness Action Plan and public-facing dashboard, which show a 34% drop in verified tent count citywide, as well as a 30% decrease in the number of active sites during the first three months of the year.

Mayor Harrell Signs New Police Contract to Support Recruitment and Accountability After Council Passage 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed a new contract with rank-and-file police officers into law following its passage by the City Council. The agreement is an important step to addressing Seattle’s police staffing crisis, expanding civilian public safety responses, and strengthening police accountability. “The new police officer contract is a… [ Keep reading ]