Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray has hired former state Sen. Nick Harper as director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations.
Harper abruptly resigned as a state Senator last month saying in a statement that unfortunately my work in Olympia takes me away from my family far too much. They deserve a full-time husband and father just as the people of the 38th deserve a full-time Senator. I feel that I cannot be both at this time.
Murray was the Senate Democratic leader before stepping down from that post when he was elected mayor.
Harper, a Democrat from Everett in the Senate, will earn $140,000 annually as head of the citys intergovernmental relations.