Christopher Williams, who was appointed just last Thursday as the acting superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation, has cancer, he wrote in a letter to city employees this afternoon:

Dear Employee,

As many of you were already aware, back in 2001 I was diagnosed with cancer. I was recently informed by my physician that a more aggressive form of this cancer has returned. I must admit that I was not caught completely by surprise by this information. Being a cancer survivor, I have gotten used to looking over my shoulder.

I am currently working with my medical provider to determine the best course of treatment and consulting with my family regarding both short-term and long-term decisions. As soon as I have more information I promise to share it with you.

In the meantime, please carry on business as usual.


Williams took the job of beleaguered former superintendent Tim Gallagher, who resigned last week. A reliable source says it's unclear if Williams will be able to stay in his position. Get well, Mr. Williams.