His choices aren’t household names, but Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray’s leadership-team members come mostly with lengthy résumés in government and business and, according to their new boss, will be ready to run the city on “day one.”
Murray on Wednesday named two women to serve as his deputy mayors. Hyeok Kim, who currently runs the Chinatown International District community-development agency, called InterIm, will be his chief liaison to the city’s communities and the region. Andrea Riniker, a former Bellevue city manager coaxed out of retirement, will serve on a temporary basis to assess the city’s departments and make recommendations on how to craft a role for her successor.
Murray named other executives and department heads whose experience includes the Obama White House, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policy staff, the state Legislature and city government.
The hires represent a sharp contrast with those of departing Mayor Mike McGinn, who initially filled his executive team with campaign workers and activists with little experience in city government.
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“These are highly capable individuals who are ready to bring their energy, experience and expertise with them on day one of my administration,” Murray said, flanked by many of his appointees for his first news conference since winning election in November.
The mayor-elect also said he would announce his search process for a new police chief soon after he takes office Jan. 1. One of the appointments Murray named Wednesday was that of former City Councilwoman Tina Podlodowski, a former chair of the council’s Public Safety Committee and a current member of the Community Police Commission.
Murray also created a position to oversee the city’s billion-dollar waterfront and seawall construction projects. He tapped Jared Smith, former head of Northwest operations for Parsons Brinckerhoff, an engineering and construction-management firm that provided conceptual design and technical work for the waterfront tunnel. Smith is a former city of Seattle transit manager and director of transportation policy and planning.
In what he called a “real coup,” Murray named Robert Feldstein, the current chief of staff in Bloomberg’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, as director of the new Seattle Office of Policy and Innovation. Murray said the office will function as an in-house consultant with staff able to work across departments and initiatives.
Ben Noble, currently director of the City Council central staff, will become budget director.
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