Commissioners & Staff

Mary Wideman-Williams

Mary Wideman-Williams

Chairperson
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: December 2023

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Mary Wideman-Williams is a leadership development and organizational effectiveness trainer, instructor, and speaker. As Founder and Principal Consultant of MWW Enterprises she engages with organizations, designing and delivering impactful workshops and premier presentations. Mary served the City of Seattle in a variety of senior leadership roles over a 20-year career. She has deep human resources expertise and experience in both the public and private sectors. During her tenure with the City of Seattle, she led HR and Organizational Development functions at Seattle Public Utilities and served as the Director of Employment and Training with the Seattle Department of Human Resources. She was the Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer at Seattle Center from 2008-2018. Mary earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. She currently contributes as a guest instructor with the Evans School's Executive MPA program.



Evan Chinn

Commissioner
Appointed by: City Council
Term: March 2022 - December 2024

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Commissioner Chinn is an attorney, Human Resources Director for the City of Lynwood, and former Administration Division Director for the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction & Inspections. He graduated from the University of Washington School of law in 2003, worked as a judicial clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals, Div. I, and then as a field attorney for the NLRB. Following several years on private law practice, he joined the City of Seattle, Department of Transportation as a Labor Relations Coordinator, and was promoted to HR Director. Mr. Chinn served on Seattle’s taskforce for systemic improvements to the employee experience for 11,000+ staff, especially for persons of color. As Human Resources Director for the City of Lynwood, Mr. Chinn developed Lynwood’s first Equity Action Plan and was instrumental in getting the City’s first Race and Social Justice Coordinator position. As a long-time public servant, trained mediator, labor and employment attorney, former Seattle employee and current executive of a large, local municipality, Mr. Chinn is uniquely equipped to serve the employees and residents of the City of Seattle as member of the Seattle Civil Service Commission. 

Position vacant pending outcome of Special Election.

Appointed by: Employee Elected
Term: December 2023

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Andrea Scheele

Andrea Scheele

Executive Director

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Andrea Scheele is the Executive Director of the City's Civil Service Commission and Public Safety Civil Service Commission and leads the CIV department. 

Andrea has worked as an employment and labor attorney and HR professional since 2005. She began working for the City of Seattle in 2014, and joined the civil service commissions since 2019. Andrea lives in West Seattle with her family and when she's not at work, enjoys working in her garden.



Teresa Jacobs

Teresa Jacobs

Executive Assistant, Civil Service Commissions

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Teresa has been with the City of Seattle since 2001. She was recently promoted to the position of Executive Assistant. Teresa began working out of class with the Civil Service Commission in 2003 and was quickly promoted to the position as Administrative Staff Assistant. In 2012 the Civil Service Commission and Public Safety Civil Service Commission combined staff to become the Civil Service Commissions. Teresa became the Administrative support for the Executive Director, both commissions and four hearing officers. Teresa enjoys working with the diverse employees of the City of Seattle and is committed to working toward achieving equity and enhancing diversity in the work of the Commissions. Teresa is the mother of an adult son in his 30's, she enjoys road trips on her Harley, most recently touring Route 66, Sturgis, and Highway 101. Teresa is competitive in powerlifting and holds several World, National, and State titles in Bench Press and Deadlift. She was inducted into her lifting federation Hall of Fame in 2013. 

Donna Lurie

Donna Lurie

Hearing Officer

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Donna Lurie was hired in May of 2013 as a Hearing Officer for the Civil Service Commission. She is in private practice with Lurie Workplace Solutions as a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, and organizational development consultant. Ms. Lurie spent 29 years in Labor-Management relations as a negotiator, arbitration advocate, grievance representative, co-chair of numerous labor-management committees, creator of job classification systems, and in-house mediator and facilitator for several education associations and school districts in the Puget Sound area. She has a degree in Labor Relations from Pennsylvania State University and a Law degree from the University of Wisconsin. Ms. Lurie is active in the State Bar and King County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Sections.