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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Cascade Bicycle Club Leader Leaves for Job at Mayor's Office

Posted by on Thu, May 12, 2011 at 5:28 PM

David Hiller, the outspoken advocacy director of the Cascade Bicycle Club, has left the nonprofit, he announced today on the organization's blog. But Hiller's post doesn't mention that he'll start a new job next Wednesday working for Mayor Mike McGinn.

A former staffer in the Connecticut legislature, Hiller will conduct outreach and provide advice on transportation policy, says mayoral spokesman Aaron Pickus. "David has excellent relationships with folks in the transportation arena, at the city, state, and federal level. That will be a great asset," Pickus says. Hiller will make $95,000 a year.

"Not many people get to work at a senior level for a mayor," says Hiller, who supported McGinn's election campaign in 2009 "It's an honor and responsibility."

Hiller and CBC's executive director Chuck Ayers have embodied an aggressive political agenda to push progressive transportation policy, which led to a showdown with the recreation-minded board of directors. The board fired Ayers, only to reappoint him amid the controversy, and later the board resigned.

Speaking to the difference between advocacy work and government work, Hiller says, advocates "try and bring new practices to the table, which people doing the work every day may not be able to keep up on, and try and accomplish the mission of the organization. This here is a different mission of the city, to meet the needs of its constituents and provide basic services. It's not my agenda; it's the mayor's agenda."


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seandr 1
Posted by seandr on May 12, 2011 at 5:43 PM · Report this
I would say he'll bring the same ruin to the mayors office, but that ship sailed long ago.
Posted by giffy on May 12, 2011 at 6:00 PM · Report this
stinkbug 3
"A former staffer in the in"?
Posted by stinkbug on May 12, 2011 at 6:02 PM · Report this
Nice to know that in this time of slashing budgets, the Mayor can still afford to dole out $95K sinecure to his pals.
Posted by budgetcruncher on May 12, 2011 at 6:29 PM · Report this
The Wretched Harmony 5
Who could have predicted McGinn would only serve one term?
Posted by The Wretched Harmony on May 12, 2011 at 6:50 PM · Report this
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Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 7

A Bike Nazi named "Hiller" ?

Isn't it a bit too much...

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on May 12, 2011 at 8:58 PM · Report this
Does Seattle have a recall mechanism?
Posted by dak7e on May 12, 2011 at 9:43 PM · Report this
From the Times: "Hiller, 41, said he plans to work on a house he just bought on Seattle's Beacon Hill, then look for other employment."

Does he always lie?
Posted by sarah68 on May 12, 2011 at 10:03 PM · Report this
DOUG. 10
It's good to see that Mike McGinn doesn't hold grudges. Before David Hiller supported McGinn for mayor in 2009, he supported Greg Nickels for mayor in 2009. Lame endorsement, Hiller. Good thing it didn't matter.
Posted by DOUG. on May 12, 2011 at 10:43 PM · Report this
Kinison 11
Going to be a short stay.
Posted by Kinison on May 13, 2011 at 5:32 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 12
Good move.

At this rate, Mayor McGinn's reelection numbers will be around 80 percent, like those for Jim McDermott.
Posted by Will in Seattle on May 13, 2011 at 10:25 AM · Report this
True to form, nepotism and corruption in our city has such a crunchy, granola feel to it.

Create a gold-plated featherbed job for one of your buddies in the middle of an unprecedented financial crisis? That's really showing progressive leadership!
Posted by Westside forever on May 13, 2011 at 11:35 AM · Report this
Poising the movement for reelection. Rally and reward the base. Such is the case. Hiller will fight for Seattle. He's the bike messenger. He more or less stays between the lines, he delivers.
Posted by Dahling Purpose on May 13, 2011 at 8:27 PM · Report this

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