FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/20/2014
Councilmember Jean Godden
Councilmember Godden Statement on Acting Parks Superintendent Williams
SEATTLE – Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden, Chair of the Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Gender Pay Equity Committee, released the following statement in response to Christopher Williams stepping down as Acting Superintendent of the Department of Parks and Recreation:
"When I became Chair of the Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries, and Gender Pay Equity Committee in January, Christopher Williams reached out and was a great help to me.
"His job as Parks Superintendent is a very visible and stressful one. I have been a great admirer of how well Christopher has handled responsibilities, especially during the great recession, when the Parks Department lost about 20 percent of its general fund support. Even in difficult years, there were some amazing successes – the opening of a Belltown Community Center, the renovation of Kinnear Park and the Maple Leaf Reservoir, just to name a few.
"I look forward to continue working with Christopher in his role as Deputy Parks Superintendent to build a strong Seattle Parks District and to secure the future of our great parks system for generations to come."