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April 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Seattle schools deputy superintendent to become Mercer Island deputy city manager

Noel Treat

Noel Treat, the deputy superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, announced this afternoon he is leaving the school district to become the deputy city manager of Mercer Island.

Treat, who served as the right hand man for departing Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield, made the announcement in an email to staff.

His last day will be May 21, according to the announcement. Enfield will leave at the end of June to take over as superintendent in Highline School District.

Treat’s position will remain open until Enfield’s replacement is hired, spokeswoman Teresa Wippel said.

Through Wippel, both Treat and Enfield declined to comment.

In his email to staff, Treat noted that he did not apply to replace Enfield, as some had hoped. Three finalists for the position were named last week and are visiting the district this week.

“I know we are in the midst of a transition at SPS and I am confident the School Board will find a new leader to continue the work in a positive direction,” Treat wrote. “I will still remain a part of the SPS community and look forward to supporting the District as a parent.”

Treat will start in Mercer Island on May 29, according to a city news release.

“I am delighted that we were able to attract a candidate as capable and experienced as Noel,” City Manager Rich Conrad said in the release, which noted that more than 100 people applied for the job. “He brings an exceptional background in public management and law that will be an outstanding fit for our organization.”

Before becoming Seattle’s deputy superintendent, Treat served as the district’s general counsel. Before joining the district, he served as chief of staff for the King County Executive and chief of staff at Seattle City Light.

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