Mayors to DOJ: Rollback of Federal Marijuana Policy is a Misguided Legal Overreach

Seattle (Jan 11) – Seattle Mayor and former U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock led a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticizing the Department of Justice’s misguided rollback of the “Cole Memo,” which provided guidance on federal marijuana enforcement policy. The letter signed by ten… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Delivers Remarks Following Judge Robart’s Ruling on the Consent Decree

Seattle (Jan 10) – Earlier today, Judge Robart’s ruled that the City of Seattle in “full and effective compliance” with the Court ordered consent decree. The consent decree required significant reforms to be enacted — new use of force policies and trainings that emphasize de-escalation, a new approach to how… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan’s Statement on ICE Raids in Washington State

Seattle (Jan 10) – Mayor Durkan issued the following statement upon learning of ICE raids in Washington State: “Another day, another attack on immigrant & refugee communities by President Trump and his administration. These ICE raids are designed to drain resources from real public safety threats and punish hard-working immigrants. Seattle… [ Keep reading ]

Seventh Time’s the Charm

Hello, Seattle. On November 28th, the day I officially took office, I crisscrossed the City and was sworn in five times – from Rainier Beach to West Seattle to the Chinatown-International to Phinney Ridge to Lake City. Why? Because I wanted to break with tradition bring City Hall… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan Condemns DOJ’s Decision to Roll Back Cole Memo

Seattle (Jan 4) – Seattle Mayor and former U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan condemned DOJ’s decision to rescind the Cole Memo, which clarified marijuana enforcement for states. “While I was U.S. Attorney, I helped craft DOJ policy on legal marijuana. That policy properly deprioritized legal marijuana, ensured states had the… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces New Department Appointments

Seattle (Dec 22) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced several new department leaders in her administration, including many with a focus on economic development and City planning.  With the previously announced resignation of Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation, Mayor Durkan announced that Christopher Williams will serve as… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Police Search Committee Members

Seattle (Dec 22) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced the members of her Police Search Committee who will assist in a national search process to find the best candidates for Seattle’s next police chief. Led by four co-chairs, this diverse Search Committee will work with a national search firm to… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Announces $100 Million in Affordable Housing Investments

Series of Projects Will Build and Upgrade 1,450 Homes, Which Will Remain Affordable for at Least 50 Years Seattle (December 18, 2017) –Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced more than $100 million in investments to build and preserve 1,450 affordable homes in neighborhoods across Seattle, including the construction of 896 new… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Statement on Amtrak Derailment

Seattle (Dec 18) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan released the following statement in response to the Amtrak train derailment: “This catastrophic derailment is horrific. My thoughts are with the passengers, families and those injured as well as our first responders, firefighters, and police who rushed to the scene. “The City… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Key Department Leadership

Seattle (Dec 15) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced several officials who will serve in her administration including department leaders focused on housing, homelessness, civil rights, transportation, and economic opportunity. “From housing to homelessness to transportation, our City faces a number of urgent challenges. Our residents and businesses expect our… [ Keep reading ]