Councilmember Clark left office on April 14, 2015.
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First week without Patricia

Patricia McInturff, the City’s director of the Human Services Department for the past five years, officially retired last Wednesday. Alan Painter is the interim director and Sara Levin the interim deputy director. They are both fantastic, but Patricia’s expertise, patience, humor will be missed so much. I’m not sure the impact of her departure is recognized. Over the course of a 30-year public service career she had worked in HIV/AIDS at the terrible dawn of the epidemic, piloted Senior Services, pushed through planning for the first Parks for All Levy, and steered the Human Services Department through the often rocky waters that come with that arena. I spoke with Paul Feldman, a veteran of Seattle’s HIV/AIDS service and advocacy world, last week and he complimented Patricia with these words: “Patricia taught me a lot about how to be passionate and stay at — instead of standing on — the table. There was no one more loyal to the cause nor more vigilant than she. No one can work a budget — or a councilmember for that matter — like she can. Advocacy was an integral part of her work, and she often prevailed. To the benefit of people with and at risk of AIDS, she is one of my heroes. I think the world of her.”

So do I.