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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: SDOT Announces New Communications Manager

12/11/2007  1:30:00 PM
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

SDOT Announces New Communications Manager

Note to editors and reporters: you may contact Rick Sheridan at 206.684.8540 or

SEATTLE-Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Director Grace Crunican is pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Sheridan as SDOT Communications Manager as of December 10.

Sheridan has ten years experience as a communications executive for public and private organizations in Washington DC: he worked in senior level roles for the Department of Defense, the American Health Care Association, and the Building Owners and Managers Association. He also served on active duty with the United States Army, first as an artillery officer and then as a commander of a forward deployed civil affairs detachment. Sheridan holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University and an undergraduate degree from Davidson College in North Carolina.

“Rick Sheridan brings a high level of communications knowledge and managerial expertise to this role. He is a great addition to the first-rate team that is focused on the transportation concerns of Seattle,” stated Grace Crunican.

As SDOT’s Communications Manager, Sheridan will direct all facets of the department’s external and internal outreach. He will oversee public relations, media relations, and internal communications, and supervise the personnel supporting those functions. Outreach is an important element in SDOT’s goal of creating a 21st century transportation network, and will support planning for and operating Seattle’s streets and bridges, and partnering with other agencies on regional projects such as the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Link Light Rail.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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