Scott Kubly, director of Seattle’s transportation department, resigned Friday, about two weeks after new Mayor Jenny Durkan took office. Goran Sparrman, a former deputy director of SDOT, was named interim director.
Scott Kubly, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) director who spearheaded the passage of the city’s largest-ever transportation levy and pushed to increase the use of mass transit, resigned Friday.
Mayor Jenny Durkan, who took office late last month, announced the resignation and said that Goran Sparrman, a previous deputy director of SDOT, will become interim director.
“In a time of unprecedented growth, Scott set the stage for a significant increase in multimodal investments in our city, which will have an impact for decades to come,” Durkan said.
“Goran is a well-respected leader and has immense experience as an engineer, manager and planner in our region — I know he will execute over the months to come on my top transportation priorities.”
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Sparrman was also the interim director of SDOT (and a candidate for the permanent position) in 2014, when Mayor Ed Murray took office. He was the director of transportation for the city of Bellevue from 1998 to 2011, when he left to become a deputy director at SDOT.
Since 2014 he has worked for Parsons Corp., an engineering and construction firm.
Kubly, whom Murray chose to lead SDOT in 2014, was recently a finalist to be the city manager of Austin, Texas, but was not chosen for that position.
A Durkan spokeswoman said that Kubly’s resignation was a “mutual decision.”
With oversight of the city’s streets and sidewalks, about 900 full-time employees and an annual budget of well over $400 million, SDOT is one of the most visible and important departments in the city.
Kubly had previously served as deputy director of the Chicago Department of Transportation and as an associate director of the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.
He has spent his time at SDOT working to make Seattle an easier city for people to get around in without a car, as a booming population and limited street space has made driving in Seattle often a plodding and maddening experience. He helped pass the 10-year, $930 million Move Seattle levy to fund street and sidewalk improvements and transit projects.
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