Councilmembers Licata, Godden statements on the passing of former Councilmember Jim Compton

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Councilmember Jean Godden
Councilmember Nick Licata

Councilmembers Licata, Godden statements on the passing of former Councilmember Jim Compton

SEATTLECouncilmembers Nick Licata and Jean Godden issued the following statements today on the passing of former Councilmember Jim Compton:

Councilmember Nick Licata:

"Jim and I shared a term of service, an interest in writing and a love of literature. As a journalist and councilmember, Jim worked tirelessly to inform the public, educate the electorate and tell the stories that had meaning to Seattleites.

"Beginning with his election in 1999, Jim advocated for open and transparent government, police accountability and a municipally-owned wireless system. I was proud to serve with him as fellow members of the Utilities & Technology, Energy & Environmental Policy, and Government Affairs & Labor committees. During the years we worked together, I found Jim’s approach to governing to be thoughtful yet still bold. He was easy to work with but stood up for his beliefs.

"Before being elected to the Council, we all knew Jim for his career in journalism, working first for NBC and ultimately as producer and host of the top-rated weekly news program "The Compton Report." Like so many in Seattle, I relied on "The Compton Report" for an in depth analysis of local issues.

"Jim served with conviction and enthusiasm. His death leaves an undeniable void for us all, and his inquisitive spirit will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time."

Councilmember Jean Godden:

"Today, the City lost one of its most thoughtful citizens and big thinkers with the passing of Jim Compton.

"I first knew Jim as a fellow journalist. He was working as producer of "The Compton Report" for KING-TV, and I was a columnist for The Seattle Times. Over the years, we often met professionally, covering the same story. As a city columnist, I covered him during his first four years on the Seattle City Council. Later I joined him as a fellow councilmember. During the two-plus years we served together, Jim was more than generous with advice, serving both as a friend and mentor. He often extended a helping hand on issues of importance to us both. I remember his zeal for historic preservation and his recognition of Seattle’s role in maritime history.

"It was a sad day when I learned that he would be leaving the council, but I respected his enthusiasm for returning to his roots as a journalist. I know that Jim’s post-City Hall life was rich, and he often lobbied the Council for issues he cared deeply about. His work as a journalist, author and legislator has improved our region and City. He will be deeply missed."

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