By a 3-5 vote, the Council narrowly defeated Council member Sawant’s effort to send Mayor Durkan’s nomination for HSD Director back to her for a do-over. But that doesn’t mean the nomination has a clear path forward to confirmation.
This afternoon, the City Council unanimously voted to confirm Sam Zimbabwe as Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Tonight’s Council committee hearing lasted for two and a half hours. At the end, a resolution was voted out of committee — barely — but the future of Mayor Durkan’s nomination to fill the position of Director of the Human Services Department is as murky as ever.
This morning, the City Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee voted to advance out of committee the confirmation of Sam Zimbabwe as Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation.
As promised, Council member Kshama Sawant will be formally introducing a resolution on Monday to send back Mayor Jenny Durkan’s nomination of Jason Johnson as Director of the Human Services Department.
Here’s what happened at today’s Council meetings today.
This is a rare “fifth week” for the Council: half of the Council committees meet the first and third weeks of the month, and the other half meet the second and fourth weeks. So the committee schedule is very light. Still, things are happening that are worth paying attention to…
Yesterday, Mayor Durkan announced three department head appointments: two permanent, and one interim.
Today Mayor Durkan announced two more department head appointments: Jason Johnson as Director of the Human Services Department, and Mariko Lockhart as Director of the Office of Civil Rights.
This afternoon, Mayor Jenny Durkan nominated Sam Zimbabwe to be the new Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation.