Durkan Commends Council Leadership on the Passage of Arena MOU

Seattle (December 4, 2017) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement on the passage of the arena MOU: “I’ve said consistently that I’m committed to bringing back our Sonics, recruit an NHL team, and invest in our City. Under this plan, arena construction is 100% privately financed and… [Read more]

Durkan Announces Public Safety and Utilities Officials

Durkan to Appoint Interim Police Chief and Discuss Next Steps to Select Permanent Chief and Continue Reform SEATTLE (December 4, 2017) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced public safety officials who will serve in her administration including Director of Emergency Management, Chief of the Seattle Fire Department, and… [Read more]

Mayor Durkan’s statement on the passage of US Senate tax bill

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement last night after the passage of the GOP tax bill: “Tonight’s passage of the GOP tax plan is a vote against working people and the City of Seattle. This terrible bill worsens inequality by shifting the tax burden to families, seniors and… [Read more]

Mayor Durkan Creates City’s First Small Business Advisory Council

SEATTLE (November 30, 2017) – Signing an Executive Order at Elliott Bay Book Company, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan established the Seattle’s first Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC). Tasked with ensuring small businesses have a role in informing policies and programs as well as access to resources, the council will provide… [Read more]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Signs Executive Order Creating the Seattle Promise College Tuition Program

Creating Framework for Free College for Seattle Public School students, Seattle Promise Would Begin in 2018 for Current 13th Year Promise Scholarship Students   SEATTLE (November 29, 2017) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan signed an Executive Order to create the Seattle Promise College Tuition program, which will reduce and remove… [Read more]

Mayor Jenny Durkan: Addressing Race and Social Justice Disparities Must Be Focus of Seattle City Government

Executive Order Affirms Commitment to RSJI   SEATTLE (November 28, 2017) – At an event in Chinatown-International District, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan signed an Executive Order affirming the City of Seattle’s commitment to the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI). “Issues of racial and social inequity have become sewn into… [Read more]

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s First Action As Mayor Aims to Help Households Struggling with Rent

Durkan Issues Executive Order to Develop and Implement New Strategies to Quickly Help Seattleites on SHA Waitlist   Seattle (Nov 28) – In her first action, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, signed an Executive Order aimed to quickly develop and implement strategies, including rental assistance, to assist rent-burdened lower income… [Read more]

Jenny Durkan First Woman in Nearly a Century and First Lesbian Mayor of Seattle

SEATTLE (November 28, 2017) – Pledging to tackle Seattle’s challenges of affordability, social and racial injustice, homelessness, and housing, Jenny A. Durkan was sworn in as Seattle’s 56th Mayor in a ceremony at the Ethiopian Community Center in Rainier Beach. U.S. District Court Judge Richard A. Jones administered the oath… [Read more]

Mayor-Elect Jenny A. Durkan’s Transition Committee Meeting

[VIDEO] Seattle Mayor-elect Jenny A. Durkan delivers remarks at her first of three transition committee meetings. The 61 member group is led by co-chairs former Deputy Secretary of the US Department of HUD and King County Executive Ron Sims, incoming Deputy Mayor, Shefali Ranganathan, and Plymouth Housing Executive Director Paul… [Read more]

Mayor-Elect Jenny Durkan’s Statement on DOJ’s Threats to Seattle

Seattle – Following the Department of Justice’s letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Seattle, Mayor-elect Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement: “This action is both immoral and illegal. It threatens the safety not just of our immigrant families but of all of Seattle which relies on the police… [Read more]