(Seattle, WA) Mayor Mike McGinn announced Monday that his Deputy Mayor of Operations, Phillip Fujii, is resigning for personal health reasons.

McGinn said he is sorry to lose Fujii and his City Hall experience, but that he respected the decision and has begun making arrangements for a smooth transition in the mayor’s office.

(Seattle, WA) Mayor Mike McGinn announced Monday that his Deputy Mayor of Operations, Phillip Fujii, is resigning for personal health reasons.

McGinn said he is sorry to lose Fujii and his City Hall experience, but that he respected the decision and has begun making arrangements for a smooth transition in the mayor’s office.

“Phil Fujii has been a tremendous public servant, and I want to thank him for his important role in the transition and the early days of my administration,” McGinn said. “Phil knew when I asked him to take this job that it would be a challenge given some health issues that he was facing. Ultimately, his concern proved correct and he’s making a difficult decision that is right for him.”

McGinn said he will appoint an internal transition team this week to work with City department directors and to begin working on a plan for selecting a replacement.

Fujii had shoulder surgery on Friday and said he would be out this week on medical leave. His resignation is effective Friday, April 23.

In his resignation letter to the mayor, Fujii said it would be impractical to take an extended medical leave given the demands of his job and the number of issues facing the city.

“Thank you for the tremendous opportunity to serve you and the citizens of Seattle,” Fujii said. “I’ve greatly appreciated the ability to help begin to shape your vision for affordable housing, neighborhood planning and homeless issues. I wish you and your administration the very best in the coming years.”

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