Mayor-elect Bruce Harrell discusses plans for his administration
Harrell sits down with FOX 13 to discuss politics and his future administration
SEATTLE, wash – On January 1st, Seattle will have a new mayor.
“I’m not a micromanager and I try to hire wisely. I know the skills I like, ”said Bruce Harrell, Seattle’s mayor-elect. “What annoys me is the passive aggressiveness. If I’m in a meeting, please let me know if you have a disagreement,” said Harrell.
Although we do not yet know all of the players who will be on his administration team, Harrell has announced a transition team of nearly 150 people.
They are divided into 12 advisory committees with different focus topics.
Harrell’s transition team is more than twice the size of current Mayor Jenny Durkan in 2017.
“I have a unique ability to get the best out of people, to get them to get involved,” said Harrell.
Harrell says accountability is also an issue.
“If we look at our four-year agenda and you tell me what you want to see, you will hold me accountable,” said Harrell.
The transition team will help set the agenda for his first term, but Harrell’s top priority right now.
“Our top priority is public safety,” said Harrell.
He admits he doesn’t recognize many parts of Seattle because of the crime.
“It’s gotten terrible. I spoke to the governor yesterday who said, even along your highways, Governor, all the graffiti and even the camps you see, this is not the Seattle I grew up in,” said Harrell.
He advocated the opposite of police defunding, but Harrell is on the verge of inheriting a 2022 budget that could provide for further cuts of $ 10 million for the Seattle police force.
“We are now working with the council so that they listen to the voters. The voters say we do not want violence and racism in the police force, but we want a police force that is financed, we want more officials,” said Harrell.
Harrell said Thursday that councilors will be judged on the budget now in years.
There will also be plenty of opportunities for Harrell to be judged as he takes rule to run one of America’s greatest cities in some of the most difficult times in modern history.
Harrell says his other priorities after public safety are housing, affordability, and homelessness.
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