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Tim Burgess sworn in as new Seattle mayor

Tim Burgess sworn in as Seattle's newest mayor on Sept. 18, 2017 (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE – Veteran Seattle City Council member Tim Burgess was appointed to become the city’s mayor on Monday.

He was appointed by a five-to-one vote by the City Council.

"I promise to work every day for the next 71 days to help heal and move the city forward," Burgess said.

He took the oath of office late Monday afternoon.


The action came after City Council President Bruce Harrell said on Friday that he did not want the mayor’s post.

Harrell assumed the office last week after Mayor Ed Murray, who was dogged by allegations of sexual abuse, resigned.

Council member M. Lorenz Gonzalez was potential candidate for mayor, but announced Monday that she did not want the post.

That left Burgess as the leading candidate for the City Council appointment.

Council member Kshama Sawant cast the only no vote, saying she feared Burgess would support a "business-as-usual" budget and that he wouldn't fight for working people.

Among the tasks facing Burgess during his brief stint as mayor will be presenting the council with the city budget next Monday. He promised it will be balanced and fair while upholding the city's progressive values.

Burgess is not seeking re-election this fall. He was first elected in 2007, then re-elected in 2011 and 2015.

He briefly ran for mayor in 2013.

Burgess has worked as a radio journalist and Seattle police officer and detective.

He will serve until the results of the election, in which Jenny Durkan faces Cary Moon, are certified.

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