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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 ]

Mayor Harrell Announces New Seattle Fire Fighters Contract Proposal

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced a new proposed contract agreement between the City of Seattle and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Local 27 AFL-CIO-CLC has been submitted to the City Council for approval during their meeting at 2 pm today. The fire fighter members of Local 27… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell signs City of Seattle’s 2024 Budget into Law 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed the 2024 mid-biennial budget into law, totaling $7.8 billion in appropriations. The budget adopted by the City Council reflects the core priorities of Mayor Harrell’s proposed budget, doubling down on what is working and investing in a better city for tomorrow. The final budget… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Releases Generative Artificial Intelligence Policy Defining Responsible Use for City Employees

Seattle – Today, the City of Seattle released its Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Policy to balance the opportunities created by this innovative technology with strong guardrails to ensure it is used responsibly and accountably. The new policy aligns with President Biden’s Executive Order regarding AI announced earlier this week, and… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Issues Executive Order Expanding City Contracting Equity, Supporting Women and Minority Owned Small Businesses

New Executive Order builds on existing efforts that drive economic empowerment and create pathways to grow generational wealth, particularly for women and minority owned firms. Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell was joined by the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS), Women-and Minority Owned business (WMBEs) leaders, and community partners to sign a new Executive… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Responds to Updated Revenue Forecast 

Seattle – Today, the Office of Economic and Revenue Forecasts released updated projections for 2023 and 2024 City revenues. Major revenue projection updates across 2023 and 2024 relevant to the ongoing budget process include: In response to this update, Mayor Harrell said, “The revenue improvements in this forecast are good… [ Keep reading ]