Longtime Seattle City Councilmember Richard McIver, 71, died at Swedish Medical Center Saturday night, according to long-time political associates.
Mr. McIver, who served on the city council for more than 20 years before stepping down in 2009, had battled a series of health issues, his former chief of staff Paul Elliott said Sunday morning. Councilmember Jean Godden, a longtime friend and colleague, also confirmed his death. Godden called Mr. McIver a mentor whose “words of wisdom are still very much with us.”
Mr. McIver leaves a legacy as champion of civil rights. He was a strong advocate for residents of south Seattle and the Rainier Valley and as chair of the council’s Finance and Budget Committed worked with success on initiatives and legislation aimed at providing meaningful city services in those areas. Personal problems during his last year in office preceded his decision to retire in 2009.
He said he was tired and wanted to “go home and sit down.”
Elliott said Mr. McIver is survived by his wife, Marlaina Kiner-McIver of Seattle, his daughter, Mimi McIver and grandson Michael, both of Texas.