Seeking Candidates for Ethics and Elections Commission

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SEEC logoThe City Council is seeking candidates to fill a vacancy on the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC) for a term lasting until December 31, 2016.

The SEEC is an independent committee comprised of seven volunteers. The Mayor and the City Council each appoint three Commissioners and the Commissioners select the seventh. 

The Ethics and Elections Commission is one of the City’s most important bodies. They are the guardians of our local democracy, ensuring a fair electoral process and an ethic of principled public service among City employees. I had the privilege of serving on this body more than a decade ago.

The Commission is responsible for interpreting and applying the Seattle Ethics, Elections, Election Pamphlet, and Whistleblower Protection Codes and the City's Lobbying Regulations. Six staff members investigate complaints, monitor compliance, and offer information and guidance to citizens and employees regarding these Codes.

SEEC candidates must demonstrate a commitment to fairness and integrity. Once appointed, Commissioners serve without compensation and may not participate in any City election campaigns or be an officer of any political party.

Interested candidates should deliver a résumé and cover letter by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 30 to my office by e-mail (, by fax (206-684-8587; provide cover memo with Attn: Council President Tim Burgess), or by mail to:

Council President Tim Burgess
Chair, Education and Governance Committee
Seattle City Council
P. O. Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025 

For additional information, please call my office at 206-684-8806.