Councilmember Sally J. Clark announced Thursday morning that she will step down from her position on the City Council effective 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 12, to take on a new challenge at the University of Washington.
Clark, who has served on the Seattle City Council since February 2006, has been appointed director of regional and community relations at the University of Washington, effective May 18, 2015.
“I am thrilled to welcome Sally to the University,” said Randy Hodgins, UW vice president for external affairs. “She brings a wealth of leadership experience to the office not only from her time on the Seattle City Council, but also in her neighborhood and economic development work. All of us are looking forward to the creative ideas and energy she will bring to the university.”
As UW’s director of regional and community relations, Clark will lead the University’s effort to link with surrounding neighborhoods, civic groups and local government. The Office of Regional & Community Relations works to build collaborative relationships between these groups through information sharing, and looks for new opportunities to match the UW’s academic capital with needs in the region and community.
Clark’s annual salary will be $155,000.
Clark’s formal notice to Council President Tim Burgess is available here and below.
Burgess issued the following statement in response: “Councilmember Clark has been a dedicated, hard-working public official for the people of Seattle. I deeply appreciate her thoughtful approach to policy development, disarming leadership style, and sharp wit. She tackled projects of incredible complexity with patience, diligence, and grace. She is a trustworthy colleague and a good friend. Sally will be missed at City Hall.”
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said, “On behalf of the City, our employees and our residents, my heartfelt thanks to Sally Clark for her years of service to the people of Seattle. I’ve enjoyed working with Sally for years on neighborhood issues, civil rights, economic development and affordable housing. Her commitment to our community will live on in her work at the University of Washington. I look forward to a continuing and fruitful partnership with Sally.”
Murray added, “2015 will be a busy year at the Council, from supporting housing affordability to renewing our transportation levy and rewriting our Comprehensive Plan. I look forward to working with the sitting Council and its new appointed member on a very full agenda in the months ahead.”
Burgess will release information about the process and timeline for filling the upcoming vacancy in Council Position 9 Thursday afternoon.