This afternoon, the City Council published a list of its proposed committee structure, to be approved at the new Council’s first full meeting on Monday. The committees and their membership give a strong indication of the topics that each Council member will be focused on, as well as who will be the likely power-brokers in a time of great change for the Council.
This afternoon, the Council advanced out of committee the appointment of Jesus Aguirre as Superintendent of the Department of Parks and Recreation. It will come up for final confirmation on Monday.
It took four rounds of voting this afternoon, but the City Council ultimately voted to appoint Abel Pacheco to fill the vacancy left when Rob Johnson resigned his seat as the District 4 representative on the Council.
This morning, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that she is withdrawing the nomination of Jason Johnson as permanent Director of the Human Services Department, though he will continue on as interim Director.
This morning, the Governance, Equity and Technology Committee wrapped up its work on confirming the reappointment of Ryan Vancil as Hearing Examiner, and sent it on to the full Council for final confirmation next Monday. While that outcome was hardly in doubt, there was still an interesting conversation between the Council members and Vancil that covered several topics related to the Hearing Examiner’s office.
Tomorrow’s scheduled meeting of the Select Committee on Homelessness and Housing Affordability has been cancelled. The meeting was intended to continue — and perhaps conclude — the confirmation hearings for Jason Johnson’s appointment as Director of the Human Services Department.
This afternoon, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced that he is nominating Seattle City Council member Debora Juarez to the seat on the Sound Transit board that was vacated by Rob Johnson.
Yesterday the City Council announced an update to their plan for filling the vacant District 4 seat on the Council.
This afternoon the City Council announced the list of thirteen candidates who have applied to replace Rob Johnson on the City Council and met the eligibility requirements. It also provided a bit more guidance on the next steps toward choosing among the thirteen.