Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s communications director is leaving City Hall, he said Friday.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s communications director, Viet Shelton, a key aide frequently at the mayor’s side, is leaving City Hall to work for Microsoft, he said Friday.
Shelton is taking a job as a senior communications manager for the Redmond-based technology company. He plans to step down in about a month, he said.
His replacement will be Murray’s third communications director since taking office in January 2014. Shelton took over from Jeff Reading, who resigned in December 2014 to become vice president of communications at a business and public-policy company.
The mayor has a reputation as a sometimes hotheaded and demanding boss, but Shelton, hired at $120,000 per year, said his departure has nothing to do with that.
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“I love this job. I love this city. I love this mayor,” he said. “I’ve spent 15 years now in public service and have been thinking about what to do next. This was an exciting opportunity that presented itself.”
Shelton, previously a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, will work with Murray on a transition plan for the communications director position, he said.