Seattle City Council
3/21/2006 3:20:00 PM
Newell Aldrich (206) 684-8803
BEN NOBLE CHOSEN AS COUNCIL’S DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL STAFF
Bringing a passion for local public policy and a great love of Seattle
SEATTLE –Ben Noble, who has served as interim director of the Council’s Central Staff, has accepted the permanent position as director, leading the Legislative Department’s team of fifteen policy analysts for the Seattle City Council.
“Former Council Presidents Jan Drago and Peter Steinbrueck assisted me in the process of hiring Ben and all council members felt very fortunate to have such terrific candidates,” said Council President Nick Licata. “It's great to have Ben solidly on board as we face this year’s challenges.”
Noble will now manage the Council’s Central Staff, a group of fifteen policy analysts who work for the Council as a whole (rather than individual Council members). Central Staff’s responsibilities include evaluation of executive policy proposals, staff support for Council’s legislative initiatives, identification of potential policy options, as well as drafting and/or review of implementing legislation.
"I am very excited to serve in this new role,” said Noble, “and I look forward to supporting Central Staff in its work to provide thoughtful and thorough policy analysis to the City Council."
Noble joined the City’s Central Staff in 2000 and within three years took on the role of supervising analyst. He had worked at Battelle as a senior analyst, primarily as an environment economist. He has also specialized in municipal planning and finance with Berk & Associates, a local consulting company. Noble earned a doctorate in economics at the University of Washington and brings a real passion for local public policy along with a great love of Seattle. Noble assumes the position immediately.