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Mayor’s Office Statement on City of Seattle Hiring Freeze

The Mayor’s Office and City Budget Office informed department directors and finance managers under the Executive that a partial hiring freeze is being instituted.

The City faces more significant fiscal challenges in 2024 than were previously known when the 2024 Budget was adopted, requiring immediate action to lessen the impact of increasing costs. This partial hiring freeze is necessary to address the significant financial gap forecasted in 2025 – currently projected at over $229 million.

There will be exceptions, such as first responders, like police officers, fire fighters, and CARE department staff, along with other employees providing essential public services and employees backfilling for those using the City’s Paid Parental Leave or Paid Family Care Leave. It will not impact vacant positions for which an offer was extended before January 19, 2024.

The City is taking a comprehensive approach to addressing the forecasted budget gap and structural budget issues, including thorough analysis of current City spending and an array of strategies to drive efficiencies, optimize investments, and prioritize the needs of residents, in collaboration with the City Council. Mayor Harrell remains committed to thoughtfully considering all factors, including the potential for new or adjusted revenue sources, to help the City reach a sustainable fiscal trajectory.