Noel Treat, a 42-year-old attorney who has served as the right-hand man for Seattle Public Schools' departing Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield, made the announcement in an email to staff.

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Noel Treat, the deputy superintendent of Seattle Public Schools (SPS), announced Monday he has accepted a job as Mercer Island’s deputy city manager.

Treat, a 42-year-old attorney who has served as the right-hand man for departing Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield, made the announcement in an email to staff.

His last day will be May 21, according to the email. Enfield will leave in June to be the Highline School District’s superintendent.

A soft-spoken administrator, Treat joined the district as general counsel in 2010 and earned a reputation as a straight shooter during a financial scandal that brought down former Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson.

Treat’s announcement came as the first of three finalists to replace Enfield was in town for final interviews. Whoever is chosen as superintendent will decide what to do with the deputy-superintendent position, district spokeswoman Teresa Wippel said.

Through Wippel, both Treat and Enfield declined to comment.

In his email, Treat said he had not applied to replace Enfield.

“I know we are in the midst of a transition at SPS and I am confident the School Board will find a new leader to continue the work in a positive direction,” Treat wrote. “I will still remain a part of the SPS community and look forward to supporting the District as a parent.”

Treat will start in Mercer Island on May 29, according to a city news release.

“I am delighted that we were able to attract a candidate as capable and experienced as Noel,” City Manager Rich Conrad said in the release, which noted that more than 100 people applied for the job.

Before joining Seattle Public Schools, Treat served as chief of staff for the King County executive and for Seattle City Light.

Brian M. Rosenthal: 206-464-3195 or brosenthal@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @brianmrosenthal.