Editor's note: This post has been updated.

King County Executive Dow Constantine has hired former Seattle Human Services Department director Alan Painter, Constantine spokesman Frank Abe confirms. Abe says Painter will make $111,056 serving as a "policy advisor on human services, health and housing" under Constantine's director of strategic initiatives, Carrie Cihak.

Painter was one of the first department heads asked to step down by then-Mayor-Elect Mike McGinn last December. He was well-regarded in the housing and human services community; in a letter in early December, the Housing Development Consortium, which represents non-profit housing developers, urged McGinn to keep Painter, who "has served the people of Seattle with selfless dedication for many years."

Abe says the Constantine office is "very excited to have someone with [Painter's] range and depth of experience working on these critical issues" at the county.
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