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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 ]

Mayor Harrell Announces Additions and Changes to Cabinet and Office Staff 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced additions and changes to his Cabinet and Mayor’s Office staff: Natalie Walton-Anderson will join Mayor Harrell’s staff on June 5, 2024 as the Director of Public Safety. She fills the position previously held by Kerry Keefe who moved to a role with the… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces New Tentative Agreement to Support Recruitment and Retention of Police Officers, Boost Accountability, and Expand Civilian Diversification 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell shared the details of the tentative agreement reached with rank-and-file Seattle police officers focusing on recruitment and retention, improved accountability, and civilianization toward a diversified safety response system. Mayor Harrell has submitted legislation to the City Council to approve the proposed agreement following its… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Signs New Labor Contracts with City Employees to Strengthen Delivery of Essential Services

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell joined members of the Coalition of City Unions (CCU), councilmembers, labor leaders, and City employees to sign new labor contracts into law. The four-year contracts cover wages, benefits, hours, and other working conditions impacting more than 7,000 City workers represented by 16 unions and… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces New Tentative Agreements with City Employees on Labor Contracts to Strengthen City Services, Raise Wages 

Centered on wage equity for the City’s lowest paid workers, proposed contract would ensure a living wage for all City employees through 290 title adjustments following a marketplace assessment to ensure competitive salaries. Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell and the Coalition of City Unions announced that they have reached… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell, City Leaders Expand Public Safety Network with Groundbreaking of New Fire Station 31  

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell joined the Seattle Fire Department (SFD), Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) and City and community leaders to break ground on the future site of Fire Station 31 in North Seattle.   Construction of the new 22,000 square foot station located at 11302 Meridian Ave…. [ Keep reading ]

Making Progress Building One Seattle: 2023 Year in Review

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released a summary report detailing his administration’s shared accomplishments in 2023 and laying the foundation for top priorities in 2024. Marking his second year in office, the report details “From hosting the MLB All-Star Game to the return of beloved events like Bumbershoot and… [ Keep reading ]

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… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Prepares for January Winter Weather

The City of Seattle is tracking this week’s winter weather system – including strong winds, cold temperatures, and possible snow – and is prepared to activate additional services as needed. For the latest information on places for people to get indoors and out of the cold, keeping critical infrastructure open,… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on Selection of Councilmember Sara Nelson as Council President

Seattle – Today, Mayor Harrell released the following statement: “Congratulations to Councilmember Sara Nelson on her unanimous election to serve as Council President! Council President Nelson serves as a strong voice for critical issues facing the city, including police recruitment and retention, support for Seattle’s small businesses, Downtown revitalization, and… [ Keep reading ]