Today I was sworn in as the 54th Mayor of Seattle, which was caused by the resignation of Mayor Ed Murray. The duties of public servants are not only more important than ever, but they transcend any particular person or office. They indeed extend to every person of Seattle.
Within the next few days I will announce whether I intend to remain Mayor or whether I will ask the City Council to elect another City Councilmember to serve until a new mayor is elected. I have set a personal deadline of Friday at 5:00pm to announce that decision.
We as a team will see the next remaining months as an opportunity to help define who and what Seattle is. I do not see this as a care-taking obligation. I see this as an opportunity to set the stage for excellence. I have too much appreciation for the issues that our city faces to simply be a caretaker on any day of the week.
To the residents of Seattle, let's embrace the best in ourselves. To those who are hurting, let's heal together. We have a lot of work to do and we can only succeed if we work together as a team.