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Mayor Harrell Welcomes 2023 Public Policy Fellows 

Seattle – Last week, Mayor Bruce Harrell welcomed graduate students participating in the 2023 Mayor’s Public Policy Fellowship to develop public policy and programs for the public good. Working with departments across the City, the nine Fellows will work on and learn from a wide range of meaningful projects for… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Bruce Harrell Statement on Upcoming Mayor’s Office Personnel Changes

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced changes to his organizational structure, which will become effective by September 1, 2023. Senior Deputy Mayor Monisha Harrell will depart the Harrell Administration and will collaboratively transition her portfolio to other members of Mayor Harrell’s Executive Team; Executive General Manager Adiam Emery and Director… [ Keep reading ]

Following National Search, Mayor Harrell Announces Renowned Arts Administrator to Lead Seattle Office of Arts & Culture 

Informed by outreach centering community and creative voices and priorities, award-winning interdisciplinary artist and creative economy leader Gülgün Kayim will serve as the next Director of the Office of Arts & Culture Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he has selected Gülgün Kayim to serve as the next… [ Keep reading ]

Joint Statement from KCRHA Governing Committee Chairs Mayor Harrell and Executive Constantine on KCRHA Leadership Changes 

Seattle – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and King County Executive Dow Constantine, who serve as Chairs of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA) Governing Committee, released the following statement after CEO Marc Dones announced they will resign from their position in June: “We thank KCRHA CEO Marc Dones… Filed Under: City Administration, Housing and Homelessness

Mayor Bruce Harrell Announces Strategic Leadership Change at Seattle City Light

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that Seattle City Light (SCL) General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Debra Smith will transition into an advisory position with the utility to evaluate the utility’s long term strategic directions and structure. Smith will transition to the new role in July and will retire… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Launches National Search for Permanent Director of the Office of Arts & Culture 

Seeking innovative leader reflecting Seattle’s storied history of arts excellence, search will center community and creative voices, feature search committee of prominent Seattle arts leaders Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the City of Seattle will begin a nationwide search for the next permanent director of the City’s Office… Filed Under: Arts and Culture, City Administration

Mayor Bruce Harrell proclaims February 24 as “Day of Solidarity with The People of Ukraine” 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell issued a proclamation marking the first anniversary of Russia’s attack on Ukraine and expressing the City of Seattle’s ongoing solidarity with the Ukrainian people. solidarity with the Ukrainian people. “The unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops and the devastating toll it… Filed Under: City Administration, Office of the Mayor

2023 State of the City Speech – Seattle: The City of the Future We’re Building Today

Taylor, thank you for introducing me. You represent the hope of our youth and your voice helps me push back against the kinds of cynicism and pessimism which only serve to impede Seattle’s future. Cynicism is best left to those who are old in spirit. Not you and me. As… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Nominates Jenifer Chao to be Next Director of Department of Neighborhoods 

SEATTLE (February 9, 2023) – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he will appoint Jenifer Chao to serve as the next Director of the Department of Neighborhoods (DON). Chao, a community engagement leader, currently serves as the Deputy Director of Strategy and Administration in the City of Seattle’s Finance… Filed Under: City Administration

King County and City of Seattle announce updates to employee vaccine mandate

Following updated public health guidelines, King County and the City of Seattle will no longer require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. In alignment with updated Public Health – Seattle and King County guidance, Executive Dow Constantine and Mayor Bruce Harrell announced today that King County… [ Keep reading ]