Two department head confirmations, and lots of scheduling notes for stuff in the pipeline.
This afternoon the Council confirmed the appointment of Dr. Amarah Khan as Director of the newly-created Office of Employee Ombud.
The Council also confirmed the appointment of Jesus Aguirre as Superintendent of the Department of Parks and Recreation. As is customary, the Council attached a “letter of expectations” to Aguirre’s appointment spelling out their expectations for how he will perform his job.
Council member Gonzalez announced that because of an extra-full agenda, her committee meeting will begin Wednesday morning at 9:00 instead of the usual 9:30. On the agenda is a discussion with SPD about its recently announced month-long program of “emphasis patrols” in seven neighborhoods. Gonzalez sent Police Chief Carmen Best and Mayor Jenny Durkan a letter last week, asking a long list of detailed questions about the program. SPD declined to provide written answers to her questions, but agreed to answer verbally at Wednesday’s committee meeting. At this point it is still unclear whether Chief Best will appear, or send surrogates instead.
Council member Bagshaw announced this morning that her Wednesday afternoon Finance and Neighborhoods Committee meeting is cancelled this week.
Council member Sawant noted that at her next committee meeting on May 14th there will be a presentation on the city’s new “Renting in Seattle” hub web site, bringing together renting-related information from multiple departments.
Council member Juarez announced that an agreement between the city and Seattle Academy for renovation and operation of a community center and playfield in South Park will come before the full Council for final approval next Monday, rather than today, because the city wanted more time to discuss it with community groups.
Finally, Council President Harrell noted that this week he is introducing some amendments to the Council’s General Rules and Procedures to add rules allowing members of the public to be removed from Council chambers and banned from attending future Council meetings for a fixed period of time for abusive or harassing behavior, including obscene languages or gestures; assaults or threatening behavior; or sexual misconduct such as indecent exposure, offensive touching, or sexual harassment. He intends to take up the proposed changes in his May 21 committee meeting.