Pre-inauguration, Mayor McGinn’s 1st move

It’s not on the city website last time we checked but a news release came in from Mayor Mike McGinn‘s office in the hours before his ceremonial swearing-in (which you should be able to watch live via Seattle Channel in about 10 minutes) – he’s making moves to tighten the financial reins on city bureaucracy – with possible job cuts to come. Read on for the announcement (plus a 5:31 pm addition – other info sent today regarding mayoral staff salaries and org chart):

On his first day in office, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn took several steps
Monday to address the city’s financial situation.

Preliminary estimates are that the City will face a general-fund budget deficit of at least $40 million in 2011. This deficit is in addition to the $70 million shortfall the city faced in 2009, which resulted in a drawdown of the rainy day account balance from $30 million to $10 million.

The Mayor today signed four executive orders that reduce or limit spending in the top tier of city government.

The mayor is:

* Freezing salaries for senior-level employees and reducing the number of furlough days for those employees
* Requiring mayoral office review of new hiring
* Requiring mayoral office review of new contracts
* Instructing departments to begin a process to reduce the number of management and executive level employees by 200 positions.

During the relative good times of the past decade the payroll has grown beyond what can now be reasonably supported. For example, eight years ago the City of Seattle had 639 senior-level employees. Today that number is 951 — an increase of 49 percent, while the overall city workforce has increased by just 2 percent during the same period.

Mayor McGinn recognizes the dedication of city employees, and that this process will
be difficult. Fiscal reality requires that we begin the process of reducing costs in
a deliberative and thoughtful manner, so that city government retains the capacity
to serve Seattle residents and we avoid deeper and more disruptive cuts in the

Here is a summary of today’s orders. The full executive orders are attached.

Summary of Fiscal Actions
January 4, 2010

Executive Order 2010-01
2010 salary freeze for senior-level personnel

Eliminates 2010 salary increase for executives, managers, and strategic advisors. A salary increase of 2.0% was originally scheduled for January 6, 2010.

In compliance with ordinance 123166, the number of furlough days for affected employees is reduced from ten to seven days. Ten unpaid furlough days are equal to 3.8% of salary savings; seven days equals 2.7% savings. As a result of this order, the salary savings for affected employees will be 4.7% in 2010, with base salaries reduced by 2.0% entering 2011.

Executive Order 2010-02

Hiring review
Requires departments to obtain authorization prior to initiating any hiring process to fill position vacancies.

Executive Order 2010-03
Senior-level salary review
Requires departments to obtain authorization for any salary offer for executive, manager, and strategic advisor positions.

Executive Order 2010-04
Consulting contract review
Requires departments to obtain authorization prior to awarding any new consulting contract or consulting contract amendment.

Q1 Personnel Process
Senior-level personnel review

Adhering to Mayor McGinn’s stated goal of a 200-position reduction in senior-level
= personnel, a review process will occur during the first quarter of 2010 to identify positions for elimination or reclassification. This review will focus on executive, manager, and strategic advisor positions.

Added 5:31 pm – list of staff salaries, followed by org-chart document:

Mayor Mike McGinn today released details on the staff structure and salaries of all new hires by his administration. Releasing the salaries and organization of his staff is an important step toward greater transparency in city government.

This commitment to transparency extends to the new administration’s plans to create an online database of all city employees’ salaries and departmental organizations during 2010.

The salary of each new hire by the new administration is listed below. An organizational chart (.PDF) is attached.

Mayor’s Office

$ 65,000 Birkholz, Elizabeth
$ 65,000 Burson, Alison
$ 65,000 Close, Ainsley
$ 75,000 Cramer, Jennifer
$ 51,406 Day, Elliott
$ 70,000 Deehr, Rebecca
$ 75,000 Farmer, Derek
$ 51,406 Fishbone, Aaron
$125,000* Fujii, Phil
$100,000 Inagi, Candace
$125,000 Marquardt, Carl
$100,000 Matassa, Mark
$125,000 McCoy, Julie
$ 45,000 Merrill, Nathaniel
$ 51,406 Nance, Jen
$ 55,000 Pickus, Aaron
$125,000 Raup, Ethan
$125,000 Smith, Darryl
$ 51,406 Stanley, Becky
$ 45,000 Thomas, April
$ 51,406 Villarreal,Sol

City Budget Office

$125,000 Goldberg, Beth
$100,000 Maxwell, Nicholas
$ 90,000 Taylor, Tom
$100,000 Walker, Hall

Human Services Department

$125,000 Tokuda, Kip

Office of Intergovernmental Relations

$100,000 Engelking, Craig
$115,000 Lowe, Marco

* Receiving $13,922 in supplemental compensation in lieu of retirement contributions/ suspension of current city retirement benefits.

Here’s the org chart (PDF).

13 Replies to "Pre-inauguration, Mayor McGinn's 1st move"

  • mark January 4, 2010 (1:51 pm)

    Go Mike Go.

  • jiggers January 4, 2010 (2:02 pm)

    I guess you can say McGinn is in. I just was in City Hall this afternoon.

  • charlabob January 4, 2010 (2:16 pm)

    Hmmmm — I wonder if “executive, manager and strategic advisor” positions can also be translated to “Political Appointments”. In which case, this only means McGinn is going to put his own political appointees in. Quelle surprise!

    I’m just always suspicious of opening day press releases (as opposed to news releases). :-)

  • mark January 4, 2010 (2:57 pm)

    Should he put someone else’s appointees in? He won, he should able to pick his own people and I am sure he will be judged in 4 years on the decisions he makes today.

  • CB January 4, 2010 (4:06 pm)

    This is all he is ever going to accomplish. The city council now runs the city. McGinn has zero political power and the council knows this. He’s going to be nothing more than a figure head, attending ribbon cuttings and 4th of July parades.

  • Cindi Barker January 4, 2010 (4:14 pm)

    Disclaimer here – I used to post using “CB”, but stopped doing that a couple of months ago when a new CB came on the scene. To avoid confusion, my posts now go under CeeBee – Cindi Barker. I may not be very optimistic either, but am holding out some hope :-)

  • Gigi January 4, 2010 (5:45 pm)

    It would have been nice if McGinn had notified his employees before he made these announcements. This was not a very respectful.

  • Bill V January 4, 2010 (7:13 pm)

    I am confident that Mayor McGinn will solve every Seattle problem that can be addressed by riding a bike.

  • RDR January 4, 2010 (9:57 pm)

    Geesh, for someone putting out a presser on “fiscal reality” I counted THIRTEEN people on his staff with six-figure salaries. There are only 28 people on that list, so almost half of them are really well paid (if not above market value).

    Nice “fiscal reality.” Same as it ever was…

  • jiggers January 4, 2010 (11:23 pm)

    So I guessed they solved that issue on medical from the previous administration?

  • amused January 5, 2010 (7:01 am)

    For those concerned about crime, he also cut eight attorneys in the City Attorney’s Office. The Southwest Precinct is losing their in-house City Attorney. This will have a major effect on prosecuting misdemeanor crimes. Not a good start Mr. Mayor.

  • coffee January 5, 2010 (10:16 am)

    remember to contact city hall with your displeasure, I.E. the cut of the inhouse attorney. I will be sending my comments later today.

    • WSB January 5, 2010 (10:23 am)

      A citywide news organization’s report yesterday suggested things were staying the same – but I’m gathering info now for a standalone report on the change – thanks to “Amused” for pointing it out – TR

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