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December 23, 2013 at 4:43 PM

$140,000 job with City of Seattle goes to former state Sen. Nick Harper

Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray has hired former state Sen. Nick Harper as director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations.

Harper abruptly resigned as a state Senator last month saying in a statement that “unfortunately my work in Olympia takes me away from my family far too much. They deserve a full-time husband and father just as the people of the 38th deserve a full-time Senator. I feel that I cannot be both at this time.”

Murray was the Senate Democratic leader before stepping down from that post when he was elected mayor.

Harper, a Democrat from Everett in the Senate, will earn $140,000 annually as head of the city’s intergovernmental relations.

Here’s the press release from Murray’s office:

SEATTLE – Mayor-elect Ed Murray made two additional key hires to his administration today, naming Nick Harper as director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, and Rosalind Brazel as press secretary.

Harper, an attorney, currently works at Adams & Duncan, Inc. P.S., a law firm in Everett. He previously represented the 38th Legislative District in the state Senate, where, in 2013, he served as Deputy Leader of the Democratic Caucus. Harper worked for the Cascade Land Conservancy as Snohomish County Conversation Director, and was also the Government Affairs Director for the Snohomish County-Camano Association of Realtors. Harper is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Seattle University School of Law.

Brazel is currently a project account coordinator at The Feary Group, a Seattle public relations and public affairs firm, and is also coordinator of communications, media relations and public relations for etsyRAIN, a group of artisans and craft-makers who operate independent shops in Western Washington. She was previously a writer and producer at KIRO TV in Seattle, and an anchor and reporter at KTAL TV in Shreveport, LA. Brazel is a graduate of Washington State University.

Harper will earn $140,000 annually. Brazel will earn $95,000 annually.

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