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posted Friday, November 22 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 47
Murray announces transition plans - Mayor-elect seeks support for his agenda from a broad range of interests
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Murray announces transition plans - Mayor-elect seeks support for his agenda from a broad range of interests

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle mayor-elect Ed Murray is moving rapidly to transition to a new city administration.

On November 19, he announced that he would meet with every city department head 'over the next several weeks.' Days earlier, he revealed the complete 43-person transition team that will advise him on how to move his agenda.

Outgoing Mayor Mike McGinn began his term four years ago by demoting or reassigning department heads - in some cases reportedly without even meeting with them first. One alleged victim of McGinn's discourtesy, former Finance Director Dwight Dively, is co-chair of Murray's transition committee and may have advised the mayor-elect on the niceties of dealing with city officials.

CITY 'CAN BE A MODEL'
While Murray noted that he 'respect[s] the current department heads' professionalism and value[s] their public service in what are, by any account, very demanding positions in service of the people of Seattle,' he left no doubt that he expects the city government to unite around his agenda and be prepared to carry it out.

'It's important to me that all department heads reporting to the mayor's office administer their respective agencies with a high standard for excellence in support of my priorities and this basic vision,' he said in his November 19 statement.

'I believe that Seattle can be a model for how government can function, and, as with any new administration, there will surely be changes in personnel to create the overall team that I can have confidence will help make that happen.'

On November 14, Murray revealed the names of his transition committee, saying he hoped it would 'look like Seattle.'

'No transition team can fully capture the breadth of Seattle's diversity, but this team comes close,' Murray said in his announcement. 'This is what inclusiveness and collaboration look like.'

DIVERSE VIEWPOINTS
Included in Murray's team is one of his opponent's campaign co-chairs, El Centro de la Raza Executive Director Estela Ortega. Also on the list are former King County Executive and Deputy HUD Secretary Ron Sims, an early Murray endorser, and Duwamish tribal chair Cecile Hansen.

Five prominent labor leaders, the CEO of the Downtown Association, local environmentalists, and representatives of immigrant communities testify to Murray's promise to bring the city's contentious political factions together. What remains to be seen is whether such a diverse group can come up with a unified agenda for the city.

In his announcement, Murray seemed upbeat about the prospects.

'It's going to be critical for me as mayor to keep a pulse on what's important to Seattle - as a city at large, certainly, but also community by community,' he said. 'Creating this process now and continuing it into my administration will help me maintain a strong sense of what all corners of Seattle are looking for as we move forward as a city.'

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