Mayor Ed Murray named Diane Sugimura, current director of the Department of Planning and Development, as interim director of the new Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD).
In his 2016 budget, the mayor is proposing to coordinate strategic planning functions across city departments in one single entity, OPCD, to better manage planning and investments in a rapidly growing Seattle.
“We must seize this opportunity to carefully plan the growth of Seattle to include the amenities that support our livable and vibrant community,” Murray said. “After nearly four decades of service to the people of Seattle, I have convinced Diane to stay a few more months so that we have steady leadership as we launch this new planning agency. I hope to nominate a new director in the first few months of 2016.” (end)