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Seattle Mayor Harrell appoints director of housing office, public safety

Jan 12, 2022, 8:18 AM
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Bruce Harrell, shortly after Tuesday night mayoral election results were announced. (Hanna Scott, KIRO Radio)
(Hanna Scott, KIRO Radio)

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell made a few more appointments for members of his cabinet, including hiring a director of public safety on Tuesday.

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Harrell named Hamdi Mohamed to serve as director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. Mohamed was recently elected King County Port Commissioner, and has more than a decade of experience working on immigrant and refugee issues, including as a policy adviser for King County.

Maiko Winkler-Chin, a long-time housing leader and executive director of the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority, was selected by Harrell to be the director of the Office of Housing.

Also joining Harrell’s office as Seattle’s first director of public safety will be Andrew Myerberg, who is the current director of the Office of Police Accountability. Myerberg, in his new role, will work with Senior Deputy Mayor Monisha Harrell and will “play a key role in developing new models of public safety, working collaboratively with Seattle Police and Fire Departments, and helping guide oversight and reform efforts,” reads a release from Harrell’s office.

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The KIRO Radio Newsdesk contributed to this report.

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Seattle Mayor Harrell appoints director of housing office, public safety