Gregory J Nickels, Mayor of Seattle

Seattle, WA
- State: Washington
- Mayor: Greg Nickels
- Tel: +1 206-684-4000
- Internet:
www.seattle.gov


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Gregory J Nickels
Mayor of Seattle
By Josh Fecht

18 May 2003: Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels has earned a reputation for his innovative leadership in addressing transportation, public safety, economic opportunity and other challenges facing the City of Seattle.

Latest profile on Mayor Nickels

Greg Nickels became the 51st Mayor of the City of Seattle when he took office on 1 January 2002. Greg's priorities as Mayor are to build a 21st century transportation system that can move goods and people around the region more efficiently than ever, to protect public safety, to create economic opportunity and to restore neighborhood vitality.

In his first year in office, Greg dealt with a revenue shortfall caused by a severe recession, but also worked to strengthen basic city services. He led an effort to win voter approval of an $86 million housing levy, started a city program to fill reported potholes within 48 hours, launched a new emergency preparedness bureau in the Seattle police department, strengthened finances at Seattle City Light, restructured departments and pushed customer service by launching 684-CITY, a one-stop, easy-to-remember phone number for city services.

Greg Nickels began his public service at the age of 19 with the City of Seattle. In 1979, he joined the office of Seattle City council member Norm Rice as his legislative assistant. He served in that capacity until his successful 1987 campaign for the King County Council.

As chair of the Seattle/King County Board of Health for six years, Greg earned a reputation for protecting children from harmful commercialization. He took on the tobacco advertising aimed at young people and had the Marlboro Man banned from the Kingdome. He succeeded in removing graphically violent video games from Seattle Center.

The City Mayor has also been in the forefront of the fight for more parks and green space. He led the creation of the magnificent 310-acre Maury Island Marine Park, including 7,100 feet of saltwater shoreline.

Mayor Nickels is best known for his years of work to improve the city's transportation system. He has been a passionate advocate of creating a mass transit system and improving bus transit for the region. He serves on the executive committee and board of directors of Sound Transit.

Greg was born on 7 August 1955, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1961, the Nickels family moved to Seattle. After graduating from Seattle Prep, Greg attended the University of Washington.


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Seattle' s twin ciities
With 20 twin cities, Seattle has the second largest twin city program in the US. Twin cities listed with date of establishment:
Beer Sheva, Israel (1977)
Limbe, Cameroon (1984)
Bergen, Norway (1967)
Mazatlan, Mexico (1979)
Cebu, Philippines (1991)
Mombasa, Kenya (1981)
Chongqing, China (1983)
Nantes, France (1980)
Christchurch, New Zealand (1981)
Pécs, Hungary (1991)
Galway, Ireland (1986)
Perugia, Italy (1991)
Gdynia, Poland (1993)
Reykjavik, Iceland (1986)
Haiphong, Vietnam (1996)
Surabaya, Indonesia (1992)
Kaohsiung, Taiwan (1991)
Taejon, South Korea (1989)
Kobe, Japan (1957)
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (1973)

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