Seattle Mayor Ed Murray added a chief of staff to his leadership team Monday, announcing the hiring of Chris Gregorich, who served most recently as Director of Public Affairs at Nyhus Communications.
“Chris has a stellar reputation as a strategist with strong relationships in the political arena, and he will be an excellent asset to the city of Seattle,” said Murray in a news release. “I look forward to having his political and organizational experience added to my executive staff.”
At Nyhus Communications, Gregorich helped manage a team of 10 public affairs professionals and helped clients plan government relations strategy. Prior to that, Gregorich was campaign manager for Washington state Sen. Derek Kilmer’s successful bid for Congress, where he developed communications, fundraising and outreach strategies.
He also served as U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s state director, managing the Washington state operations for her office, including six offices across the state.
The position in Murray’s cabinet marks a return for Gregorich to Seattle City Hall. He worked in former Mayor Greg Nickels’ Office of Policy and Management.
As chief of staff, Gregorich will help coordinate and oversee the work of the mayor’s executive staff. He will make $140,000 a year.