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September 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Former city housing director heads to King County

King County has hired another well-regarded city of Seattle staffer. County Executive Dow Constantine announced today he hired Adrienne Quinn, former director of Seattle’s Office of Housing, to lead the county Department of Community and Human Services.

Quinn replaces longtime director Jackie MacLean, who is stepping down at the end of the year.

While Quinn was director of the city’s housing department for five years, voters approved a $145 million housing levy, and the Seattle City Council expanded a program called “incentive zoning,” where developers can build higher buildings if they agree to provide affordable housing.

Quinn worked for Mayor Mike McGinn for one year before she left to work for a national housing nonprofit. She is the executive director of the Medina Foundation in Seattle.

She was one of several former Nickels department heads to endorse Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess for mayor before he dropped out of the race this summer. In July, she donated $200 to the mayoral campaign of Sen. Ed Murray.

Constantine has plucked quite a few city employees off the city payroll onto his own. He made former Seattle City Light Chief of Staff Sung Yang his chief of staff, and hired away the city’s budget director, Dwight Dively, when he took office.

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