Mayor Ed Murray plans to appoint Downtown Seattle Association president and CEO Kate Joncas as one of his two deputy mayors this morning, PubliCola hears. Joncas will replace former Bellevue city manager Andrea Riniker, who currently serves as interim deputy mayor. Joncas serves on the mayor's Community Police Commission, which is charged with overseeing reform efforts at the Seattle Police Department, and has been a longtime advocate for both business interests and transit spending at the DSA.
The DSA, which has also advocated strongly for an urbanist plan to connect the downtown waterfront to Capitol Hill's Pike-Pine district, is unusually liberal for a business organization—distinguishing it from the more conservative Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, whose own head (and former deputy mayor, under Paul Schell) Maud Daudon abstained from voting on the $15 minimum wage as a member of Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee because her membership couldn't agree to support the proposal.
Update: At a press conference this morning where Murray announcdd the appointment, he said Joncas would be a useful counterpart to her fellow deputy mayor Hyeok Kim, who worked in the nonprofit world—most recently as director of the Chinatown/International District affordable housing and community development group Interim Community Development—before Murray appointed her as deputy mayor.
Asked about downtown public safety, Joncas replied, "Downtown is just one of the neighborhoods that are going to be my favorites now."