Mayor Ed Murray today announced his appointment for the Director of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), Mami Hara.
Hara is currently the network coordinator of a practitioner network that supports communities seeking to expand green storm water infrastructure programs. Hara previously served for five years as Chief of Staff at Philadelphia Water. Hara, once confirmed by Seattle City Council, will replace Ray Hoffman, SPU Director since 2009, who will retire tomorrow. Hara is expected to start September 1.
SPU is comprised of three lines of business that provide efficient and forward-looking utility services in Seattle: solid waste and sewage and drainage for Seattle residents and businesses and drinking water for the 1.3 million regional customers both in Seattle and the 26 municipalities and special water districts also served by SPU. SPU’s annual budget is approximately $1 billion, including Operations and Maintenance and Capital Improvement.