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Seattle City Council approves bill to accelerate police hiring
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Seattle City Council approves bill to accelerate police hiring

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Council President Sara Nelson (Position 9) and Councilmember Bob Kettle (District 7) to accelerate police hiring in Seattle. “One of our most fundamental responsibilities as a city government is to provide public safety. Right now, we are losing too many officers to achieve that goal. This...

Seattle City Council President Nelson celebrates passage of new labor contracts
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Seattle City Council President Nelson celebrates passage of new labor contracts

Seattle City Council President Sara Nelson (Position 9) released the following statement regarding newly approved labor agreements covering around 7,000 City of Seattle workers. Legislation authorizing the agreements was unanimously approved by Council on Tuesday and signed by Mayor Bruce Harrell this morning. “Our city doesn’t work without city workers. From 911 dispatchers to park...

Seattle City Council name plate in Council Chambers reads "vacant."
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Seattle City Council releases information regarding 72 qualified applicants for Council vacancy 

Seattle City Council President Sara Nelson (Position 9 – Citywide) announced that the Council received 72 qualified applicants to fill the vacancy left by now-former City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8 – Citywide.)  Seattle City Clerk Scheereen Dedman provided Councilmembers the final applicant list confirming the eligibility of 72 applicants pursuant to City Charter requirements. Applicants...

Seattle City Council name plate in Council Chambers reads "vacant."
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Seattle City Council announces process to fill Council vacancy

If you are interested in applying, visit the Council Vacancy webpage for more information. Seattle City Council President Sara Nelson (Position 9 – Citywide) announced the formal process to fill the vacancy left by now-former City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8 – Citywide). Mosqueda resigned her seat on the Seattle City Council, effective January 2,...

The Seattle City Council during its first meeting of 2024.
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New Seattle City Councilmembers sworn-in during inauguration ceremony at City Hall

The seven winning candidates from November’s General Election were just sworn-in as Seattle City Councilmembers. Five of the seven individuals are new councilmembers, the most in more than a century. Two others are returning for their second term in office. More information about each of them, including quotes can be found below. Rob Saka (District...

Seattle City Council President Sara Nelson
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Seattle City Council Unanimously Elects Sara Nelson as President  

Seattle City Councilmember Sara Nelson (Position 9 – Citywide) was elected Council President by a unanimous vote of her colleagues during Tuesday’s first council meeting of the new year.  “I thank my colleagues for entrusting me with the duties of Council President. Good governance is the foundation of good policy and we’ll work together, collaboratively...

Arial view of downtown Seattle
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Seattle City Council expands support for local businesses by boosting business improvement areas in Ballard, downtown 

The Seattle City Council passed legislation today, sponsored by Councilmember Sara Nelson (Position 9 — Citywide), to bolster support for local businesses. With strong community support, the Council voted to renew and enhance two business improvement areas — the Ballard Improvement Area and the Seattle Tourism Improvement Area.    “This is a shining example of what we can do...

Councilmember Nelson celebrates passage of bill to address public drug use and possession 
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Councilmember Nelson celebrates passage of bill to address public drug use and possession 

Following the Seattle City Council’s 6-3 vote to pass legislation (CB 120645) to adopt state law and allow the City Attorney to prosecute public drug and possession, Councilmember Sara Nelson (Position 9, Citywide) offered the following statement:  “The drug crisis we see playing out on our streets is the most crushing public health and safety...

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Statements by Councilmembers Nelson & Pedersen and City Attorney Davison on the Possession and Public Drug Use Bill Vote 

Councilmembers Sara Nelson (District 9, Citywide) and Alex Pedersen (District 4, Northeast Seattle), and City Attorney Ann Davison issued the following statements today following a vote on Council Bill 120586, which failed by a vote of 5 – 4 today in Full Council.  The bill would have made the knowing possession and public use of illegal drugs...