No winner or loser, just a Jolt for the mayor's office: PubliCola has learned that Ed Murray policy staffer Tina Podlodowski, a former city council member, has resigned from the mayor's office, after taking an indefinite leave of absence back in April.
Podlodowski had recently been reassigned to head up the mayor's policy advisor on technology and broadband; previously, she was Murray's point person on SPD reform and accountability
Emails to Podlodowski's city address bounced back with the following message: "Thank you for your email. My last day at the City of Seattle was June 27, 2014. To direct your inquiry, please contact Amanda Stoddard at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Murray spokesman Jeff Reading confirms that Podlodowski resigned, and says he does not think she has a new job yet.
In an interview, Murray said, "It was a personal choice on her part. I would have loved to keep Tina here. We talked and she may come back at some future point. ... It was a personal decision on her part. I feel partially responsible [because] dealing with the [police oversight issue] is really stressful."
In a Facebook post, Podlodowski wrote:
Proud to be reviewing six months of accomplishments during my last week at City Hall as part of the Murray Administration. New Police Chief, new CTO (the awesome Michael Mattmiller) a plan for SPD reform and a plan for using technology more effectively throughout the City, including broadband access. Off to summer fun with family and back to a new phase of work life come September. Major props to Mayor Ed Murray and the talented City Hall Crew for a great beginning to their tenure! Go get 'em, and so happy to have been able to help. Honestly, these folks ROCK, and put the "serve" in public service. Our City is lucky. Take a minute to tell them thanks. And Happy Pride!