Mayor launches search for Seattle Parks & Recreation superintendent

Since taking office at the start of the year, Mayor Ed Murray has hired department heads including a new Police Chief and new Transportation Director, and now he’s launching a search for another one – a new Parks Superintendent. Just in:

Mayor Ed Murray today thanked Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for the past four years, who is stepping down to the role of Deputy Superintendent. Williams is returning to his previous role with the department as he manages some personal health issues.

“I want to thank Christopher for his dedication and service to Seattle Parks and Recreation and the people of Seattle over the last four years as Acting Superintendent, and for many years before that in other capacities with the department,” added Murray. “Under his leadership, the department has successfully weathered significant budget reductions as the result of the Great Recession, including both service and staffing cuts. Seattle’s park system will benefit from Christopher’s work for years to come.”

The Mayor will conduct a national search to find a new leader for the Parks and Recreation Department. The search is underway and will be completed by January of 2015.

Williams lived in West Seattle while growing up and is a Chief Sealth International High School graduate. (Photo: WSB file, from 2011)

3 Replies to "Mayor launches search for Seattle Parks & Recreation superintendent"

  • HelperMonkey August 20, 2014 (12:42 pm)

    I nominate Leslie Knope!

  • Sonoma August 20, 2014 (3:21 pm)

    I’m sorry Mr. Williams is dealing with health issues and wish him the very best. But I have to admit I’m glad he’s stepping down, as he was one of the proponents of the dreadful “Go Ape” zipline in Lincoln Park.

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