Downtown Seattle Association president to be deputy mayor

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Quick Facts: 

  • Kate Joncas named Seattle's deputy mayor.
  • She previous was president at CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association.
  • New role starts June 30 with a $170,000 annual salary.

Downtown Seattle Association President and CEO Kate Joncas was named deputy mayor of Seattle at a Wednesday news conference.

Joncas joined the association in 1994 and has been a vocal advocate for better policing and more effective public services in downtown Seattle. She will replace interim deputy mayor Andrea Riniker.

“For the past twenty years, Kate has been a collaborative leader on a wide variety of issues important to our downtown core,” Murray said in a statment. “From transit and economic development to human services and the redevelopment of our central waterfront, she has been a well-respected, deeply involved and highly influential voice in this city. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role, and she also brings history of delivering successful results. I am fortunate and grateful for Kate’s willingness to join my team as deputy mayor.”

Joncas grew the DSA from 350 members and eight staff members to more than 550 corporate members, 800 residential members and a 120-person staff.

“I am very grateful and excited to be able to support Mayor Murray in achieving his vision for Seattle,” Joncas said in a statment. “The City has a talented team of experts in every department, and I look forward to establishing a new working relationship with them, and working together on behalf of this city to strengthen the community that we all care so much about.”

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