Seattle on Monday received its third mayor in lower than every week following the resignation final week of Ed Murray amid allegations he sexually abused teenage boys many years in the past.
The Metropolis Council named Councilman Tim Burgess, a former Seattle police detective, to function mayor till voters elect a alternative in November.
“I promise to work daily for the subsequent seventy one days to assist heal and transfer the town ahead,” Burgess stated after the 5-1 vote to approve his nomination.
In accordance with the town’s constitution, Council President Bruce Harrell had been sworn in after Murray’s resigned final Wednesday. Harrell had 5 days to determine whether or not to surrender his council seat and serve out Murray’s time period; he took two days earlier than declining the highest job.
Burgess, sixty eight, was first elected in 2007 and helped lead the trouble to increase preschool entry in Seattle. He had determined to not run for re-election.
Murray, Burgess and Harrell are all Democrats.
Murray, a primary-time period mayor who beforehand served as a state lawmaker, denied the accusations towards him however stated his resignation was greatest for the town.
He introduced his resignation after The Seattle Occasions reported that a fifth man — certainly one of his cousins — had accused Murray of molesting him many years in the past.
Among the many duties dealing with Burgess throughout his temporary stint as mayor will probably be presenting the council with the town finances subsequent Monday. He promised will probably be balanced and truthful whereas upholding the town’s progressive values.
Former U.S. Lawyer Jenny Durkan and concrete planner Cary Moon, each Democrats, are operating for mayor within the November election.
Metropolis Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, a socialist, voted towards Burgess, citing his help for an costly new North Seattle police precinct and what she portrayed as his inadequate concern for homeless individuals.