Category Archives: appointments

Burgess appointed 55th Mayor of Seattle

This afternoon, the City Council voted 5-1 to appoint Council member Tim Burgess as Seattle’s 55th Mayor, succeeding Bruce Harrell who will return to his position as Council President and representative of the 2nd District.

Mayor Tim Burgess speaking just before taking the oath of office

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Mayoral succession is complicated, and politically risky

Last Week, Council President Harrell sent a memo to his Council colleagues clarifying the process that would follow if Mayor Ed Murray were to step down before the end of his term, as several people have called on him to do. Or at least clarifying parts of it, because the path leads into uncharted territory.

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This week in Council Chambers: your appointment is at 2:00


Monday morning at its weekly Council Briefing, the Office of Intergovernmental Relations will give its last regularly-scheduled briefing on the state legislative session — though it may give irregular updates  the special session progresses.

Also Monday morning, the Select Committee on the Budget meets to receive an update from the City Budget Office on city revenues and the economic climate.

Monday afternoon’s Full Council meeting will feature the approval of 29 appointments.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar has another 15 appointments.

Tuesday morning, the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee meets.  There’s bad news and good news: The bad news is a briefing on the draft 5-year business plan for Seattle Public Utilities, and rates are going up more than they thought they would need to raise them.  The good news is briefings on two cool programs:  Josephine, and the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association.

Tuesday afternoon, the Energy and Environment Committee meets.  On its agenda are two items:

  • a report on Seattle City Light’s Race and Social Justice Initiative;
  • an ordinance granting an easement to King County for running a drainpipe from a new sewer overflow treatment plant to the Duwamish River.

Wednesday morning, the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, and New Americans Committee meets. The agenda has not been published for this meeting yet.  UPDATE 4/24: the committee will continue its work on the police accountability legislation.

Wednesday afternoon, the Human Services and Public Health Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting is not yet published.