Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray has picked two seasoned City Hall hands to lead his transition committee: former Seattle City Councilmember Martha Choe and King County budget director Dwight Dively.
Dively is a well-regarded city budget expert who spent 22 years at the city, including a stint as finance director, before leaving in 2010 to join King County Executive Dow Constantine’s office.
Choe served on the council in the 1990s and is now chief administrative officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The trio go way back — Murray learned the ropes of city government as an aide in Choe’s council office at the same time Dively was on the council’s research staff.
“I think they reflect the type of leadership and the quality of folks that we want to have as part of our transition team and as part of our administration,” Murray said at a news conference introducing his picks at Lakewood Seward Park Community Club.
Dively said he was very excited when he was asked to help lead the transition about a week ago. “It’s a great honor to be asked to do this,” he said, adding that he’s happy with Murray’s emphasis on regional cooperation.
Choe said Murray has “high aspirations for attracting outstanding talent” to the city and hoped to help him transition from campaign mode to governance.
Choe and Dively will keep their current jobs for now, as the transition committee is a volunteer effort. Dively dodged questions about whether he’d like to return to the city as part of a Murray administration.
The Murray transition office will be set up in the Municipal Tower, across the street from City Hall.
Murray said outgoing Mayor Mike McGinn has pledged his full cooperation. He said he’ll announce the remaining members of his transition committee as early as next week.