Seattle's mayor-elect, Ed Murray, will announce his senior staff positions and department heads this week, according to Murray spokesman Jeff Reading. Reading says Murray may hold a press conference on Wednesday.
Will it actually happen? Last Friday Murray announced a press conference for this morning with Bernard Melekian, his advisor on law-enforcement issues, but Murray canceled that event Friday night without explanation. Which is too bad: After running a campaign long on gauzy promises of togetherness and short on specific plans, I'm guessing lots of reporters wanted to see how Murray talks about policy now that he's won. Can he pick a side—sometimes a side that will turn off dissenters—and still be a paragon of unity?
Murray's staff roll-out puts him a couple weeks behind Mayor Mke McGinn who named his staff—two real estate men and a political strategist—in late November of 2009. However, McGinn didn't have a formal transition team, whereas Murray has focused on hosting a massive transitional loya jirga.