Mayor Durkan Announces New Acting Director of Seattle Department of Human Resources

McNab Will Help Oversee Citywide Review of Harassment and Discrimination Policies

 Seattle (Mar 2) – To help lead the Citywide review of harassment and discrimination policies as well as continued consolidation plans, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that Susan McNab will serve as Acting Director of the Seattle Department of Human Resources, effective March 26, 2018.  Melissa Beatty began serving as Interim Acting Director beginning in January 2018.

“I’m grateful for Melissa’s longtime service to our City and her willingness to step in as Interim Acting Director to begin our citywide review of our harassment and discrimination policies,” said Mayor Jenny Durkan. “Susan has extensive executive leadership experience leading human resources, and as we begin our search for a permanent director of the Seattle Department of Human Resources, Susan will help ensure our Inter-Departmental Team is successful as we look to develop policy changes for our City employees.”

Most recently, Susan served as the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at PEMCO Financial Services in Seattle from 2005-2016. Prior to this role, she was the Vice President for People Services & Community Partnerships for Starbucks and Seattle Coffee Company from 2001-2005 as well as the CEO of Global Retail Operations for Wizards of the Coast.

As announced in January, Mayor Durkan has convened a City-wide Anti-Harassment Inter-Departmental Team (IDT) to identify areas for improvement and make specific recommendations on both short-term and long-term policy changes. The IDT, composed of employee organizations and labor representatives as well as staff, is anticipated to convene its first meeting in the upcoming weeks. In partnership with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, employees will be invited to participate in focus groups. As the IDT develops its policy recommendations, Mayor Durkan will work with departments across City government, Seattle Department of Human Resources, and the Seattle City Council to implement necessary policy changes.


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