Seattle Mayor-elect Murray introduces leaders of transition team

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by LIZA JAVIER / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 3:36 PM

SEATTLE -- Shortly after incumbent Mike McGinn conceded in Seattle's mayor's race, mayor-elect Ed Murray held a news conference to introduce the co-chairs of his transition team.

Murray introduced former Seattle council member Martha Choe and Dwight Dively as co-chairs of his transition committee.

Dively serves as the director of King County's Office of Management and Budget and previously served as director of finance for the City of Seattle. He was also a senior advisor for former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.

Martha Choe currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

"I think they reflect the type of leadership and quality of folks that we want to have as part of our transition team and as part of our administration," said Murray. "They're not leaving their jobs, but they're going to lead this process through the transition."

Murray identified two immediate and top priorities: the reform of the Seattle Police Department moving through the Department of Justice requirements and hiring a chief of police, and "developing a different approach on how we build out our transportation department is a priority." 

Murray said during his first 100 days in office, he would hold a summit with various neighborhood groups to discuss how to move forward with neighborhood planning and growth of the city. Murray said he would also call a meeting between industrial and maritime leaders, both from the business and labor sides, to discuss how to preserve and revitalize those industries.

"So those are just a few things you're going to hear from me in the first 100 days," said Murray.

 

 

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