New Seattle Mayor Harrell to decide by Friday if he’ll stay through remainder of term

September 16, 2017 / Matt Markovich, KOMO

“We are on a little bit of uncharted ground,” said Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who has been advising council members on the rules in Seattle’s City Charter that involve the transition of power at the executive level.

He said the charter was rewritten in the 1970s with provisions for an expected removal of the mayor from office either by death, impeachment or resignation – but some rules are vague.

“It’s one of those things the charter drafters probably didn’t think through all of these possible scenarios,” said Holmes. “That’s why we are trying to give the best advice we can.”