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.
This morning at the Council Briefing, more details became clear on how the mayoral appointment, and the follow-on Council appointment, will happen.
This morning, Council President Pro Tem Lorena Gonzalez issued a statement declaring that she will not seek to be appointed Mayor for the period between now and the end of November.
Her full statement:
Fasten your seat belt. By the end of the day Monday we may have another new Mayor, and the Council may be working an appointing a new colleague. Plus: budget work begins, the Uptown rezone wraps up, and more.
Shortly after 5:00pm this evening, Bruce Harrell took the oath of office as Seattle’s 54th Mayor. He was flanked by City Council members, city department heads, and his family and friends.
Mayor Ed Murray just announced that he is resigning, effective 5pm tomorrow. Council President Bruce Harrell will become acting Mayor, and has five days to decide whether to fill out the remainder of Murray’s term, which ends December 31st.
Harrell’s decision is complicated. Here’s my previous post on why.
More to come as events unravel.
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.
(Updated 9:00pm Monday — scroll down to the bottom for the latest)
Just when you thought the thirty-year-old allegations of sexual abuse against Mayor Ed Murray were finally fading away, the Seattle Times published some new evidence over the weekend: a long-lost Oregon Child Protective Services file in which a services worker discusses the allegations that Murray sexually abused his foster child, Jeff Simpson, and finds them credible.
In response, Council member Lorena Gonzalez issued a statement this morning calling on the Mayor to consider resigning, and if he doesn’t take action by next Monday asking her fellow Council members to consider their options to remove him from office.
The Mayor’s speech unveiling his 2017-2018 budget proposal grabbed the headlines this morning.
(Updated 9/28 8:00pm. See below)
Whew. Well that happened.