UPDATE: Mayor McGinn sent out a press release confirming our report that Rumpf is leaving and that Hooper is taking over. I've linked McGinn's press release in full below the fold.

In a personal email, Bill Rumpf, the acting director at the Seattle Office of Housing, announced his resignation to allies in the low-income housing community today.

Housing folks are glum about the news which follows up on the the news in early January that Adrienne Quinn, who'd been director for five years, was resigning.

We had a jokey item about Mayor Mike McGinn's strained relationship with affordable housing advocates in this morning's Fizz—advocates are nervous that the office, which oversees the housing levy to build affordable housing, preserves existing affordable housing stock, and manages incentive zoning programs, is disappearing.

The office has 43 employees and a $43 million budget.



Rumpf's email says he's taking a job as president of Mercy Housing, a housing nonprofit with projects in Washigton, Idaho, and Portland. He leaves the City in three weeks after 10 years with the city.

OH staffer Rick Hooper is taking over for Rumpf.

We have a call in to Mayor McGinn's office.

McGinn's office sent out this press release at around 4:00.

Rick Hooper named as new Interim Housing Director


SEATTLE – Mayor Mike McGinn has named Rick Hooper as the new interim director of the city’s Office of Housing, citing Hooper’s 30 years of experience with the city and his success implementing the Seattle Housing Levy.

“We are fortunate to have someone of (Hooper’s) experience and expertise to lead the department,” the mayor said.

Hooper replaces Bill Rumpf, who announced that he is leaving his job as interim housing director to become president of Intercommunity Mercy Housing (IMH), a nonprofit housing developer and manager based in Seattle.

In a new blog post at Seattle.gov., Mayor McGinn discusses his thoughts about housing and the structure of the department.

“Many have asked whether I intend to start a search process for a new Director of the Office of Housing, which is a fair question,” McGinn writes. “But there is another question we have to answer first: In light of public priorities, changes in federal policies and our current budget situation, what is the best way to support our housing objectives?”

The full post is available here: http://mayormcginn.seattle.gov/officeofhousing/