Seattle City Council
1/23/2006 2:43:00 PM
NICK LICATA WILL SERVE AS COUNCIL PRESIDENT, 2006-07
SEATTLE – Today, the City Council voted in Councilmember Nick Licata as council president for the two year term: 2006-2007. Licata has chaired the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Arts Committee for the past two years.
“I am very excited about this opportunity,” said Licata, “and hope to help make this Council as effective as possible as a decision-making body while allowing each Councilmember the opportunity to meet their own personal goals. This is a dynamic Council and I’m confident that we will continue to creatively and productively meet the challenges we face.”
Councilmember Richard Conlin’s goal of moving the Council forward with his withdrawal from the race this morning was met and led to this afternoon’s vote installing Licata.
“This is terrific conclusion to a thoroughly democratic process,” said Councilmember Jean Godden. “After the suspense, it feels great to be unified and moving forward.”
Some highlights of Councilmember Nick Licata’s work in 2005 include a Citywide Crime Summit after which he sponsored a Resolution that resulted in the funding of 25 new patrol officers in the Seattle Police Department.
Licata’s history of civic and public involvement in Seattle politics dates back to 1975. He has been instrumental in founding organizations and publications such as The Civic Foundation, the Seattle Sun newspaper and the People’s Yellow pages to help provide Seattleites access to community organizations, social service agencies, and political groups. His core principals involve transparency in government decision-making; the fair distribution of public resources to diverse communities; investing public capital as efficiently and effectively as possible; and promoting neighborhood involvement in the City’s political process.