Following Their Confirmation by City Council, Mayor Durkan Holds Swearings-In Event for New Leaders at Seattle Parks and Recreation and Office of the Employee Ombud

Seattle (May 6, 2019) – Following unanimous confirmation votes by the City Council Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today held a swearings-in event for Jesús S. Aguirre as Superintendent of the Department of Parks & Recreation (SPR) and for Dr. Amarah Khan as first-ever Director of the new Office of the Employee Ombud (OEO).

“We are glad to welcome Jesús Aguirre back to the City team as the permanent Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation,” said Mayor Durkan. “Jesús has a track record of working collaboratively and with community to help make Seattle a more inclusive, just, and beautiful place. Under his leadership, Seattle Parks and Recreation will continue to promote healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities.”

“Our city is at the crux of many changes, and parks and recreation play an enormous role in keeping our city livable as it grows. I am honored to be working alongside Mayor Durkan and the dedicated cabinet she has assembled as we help make Seattle a great city for everyone,” said Aguirre.

“Today’s vote of confidence from the City Council only solidifies my conviction that our City is ready for elevating the voices of those who have long awaited a chance to be heard. To be associated with that effort is humbling and exciting at the same time. I will make every effort to honor the faith placed in me with earnest energy and dedication,” said Dr. Khan.

“I join City of Seattle employees in welcoming Dr. Amarah Khan to the City as the first-ever Director of the Office of the Employee Ombud. Dr. Khan is an inspirational woman who is deeply dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive work environment that gives City employees the support they need to be the best productive workforce,” said Mayor Durkan. “Dr. Khan’s leadership will be instrumental to advancing the strong progress we’ve made over the past year to ensure all our workers are valued and respected.”