Seattle council member to join NHL franchise after term ends

    Seattle City Councilmember Rob Johnson (Photo: KOMO News)<p>{/p}

    SEATTLE – Seattle City Council member Rob Johnson announced Friday he will take a position with NHL Seattle after his council term ends early next year.

    Johnson, who represents northeast Seattle and the area around the University of Washington campus, previously announced he would not be seeking another term on the City Council.

    He will specialize in transportation planning when he joins the staff of the new National Hockey League franchise in Seattle.

    "I was approached by NHL Seattle in November of 2018 after I announced that I wasn’t running for re-election to consider joining their staff, and I’ve recently accepted that position," Johnson said in a prepared statement.

    "I’m very excited to be joining their team to bring world class hockey back to Seattle and ensure that fans, staff and employees can get to our games safely and reliably."

    Johnson said he will recuse himself from all City Council briefings and discussions on any topic related to the redevelopment of Key Arena and the city’s relationships with Oak View Group for the remainder of his term.

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