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Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell

Dec 12 2009

New: 2010 Council Committees Change

Published by at 10:35 pm under Council Committees

Every two years, Councilmembers have the opportunity to decide the committees they want to chair, vice chair or be a member. Using my years of experience as an attorney working with utilities, I have elected to continue Chairing the Energy and Technology Committee. However, I have added Civil Rights (Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights) and have started a new concept for the Council to direct policy – Customer Service. Much of the work I have done in the last two years has focused on the issue: Does the City of Seattle offer outstanding customer service?

I will vice chair Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods and now be in the position to significantly measure and improve “Customer Service” since I will be actively involved with the largest segment of employees charged with providing it.

I will also Chair a new committee, Law and Risk Management. I will sit on the Parks and Seattle Center Committee, and be an alternate on the Public Safety and Education Committee and Transportation Committee.

Additionally, I will serve on the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Executive Board and PSRC’s Transportation Policy Board. I will chair Performance First, which is a PSRC economic development strategy for small and minority owned businesses and Chair the Neighborhood House’s Advisory Committee. I will serve on the UW’s Business and Economic Development Advisory Board.

Perhaps ever more importantly, I will be an assistant Coach for the Rotary Boys and Girls Club 7th Grade girl’s basketball team, “Rotary Style.” The head coach is UW Great and former NBA star Eldridge Recasner. I believe it is important to build self-esteem and confidence in young women in a variety of ways, sports being only one of them.

2010-2011 Committees:

Committee Chair
Energy, Technology, and Civil Rights Bruce Harrell
Finance and Budget Jean Godden
Transportation Tom Rasmussen
Human Services, Housing and Culture Nick Licata
Public Safety and Education Tim Burgess
Built Environment Sally Clark
Regional and Sustainable Development Richard Conlin
Parks and Seattle Center Sally Bagshaw
Utilities and Neighborhoods Mike O’Brien

I am excited about the ability to effect and improve customer service in every way relative to city services. Our Energy and Technology plan will take our city to new heights as well. Last, our new Law and Risk Management Committee can bridge a link between the Law department and the City Council in a manner designed to put structure and process around the concept of continuous improvement.

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