Seattle City Light CEO Confirmation Process

Larry Weis, former general manager of Austin Energy, was nominated by Mayor Ed Murray to serve as the next General Manager and CEO of Seattle City Light. Per the City Charter, the Seattle City Council has the responsibility to confirm or reject the nominee chosen by the Mayor.

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Chair of Council's Energy & Environment Committee, will lead the confirmation review process to help the Council determine whether the selected candidate is the right choice to lead Seattle City Light.

The Energy & Environment Committee will conduct a thorough and transparent confirmation process by hosting a series of meetings to publicly ask questions of the candidate and by hosting an evening public meeting to hear community feedback about the appointment. 

Read Committee Agendas and Appointment Materials

Confirmation Schedule

  • Thursday, February 4, 2:00 p.m. in Council Chambers
    Energy & Environment Committee
    Larry Weis will responded to initial questions from Councilmembers. Public comment was accepted at the beginning of the meeting.

  • Wednesday, February 17, 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers
    Energy & Environment Committee Public Hearing

  • Tuesday, March 8, 2:00 p.m. in Council Chambers (Updated)
    Larry Weis will appear and complete final round of questioning from Councilmembers. The Energy & Environment Committee is tentatively scheduled to vote on confirmation.

    Read the Agenda for March 8, 2016

  • Monday, March 14, 2:00 p.m. in Council Chambers (Updated)
    Tentative Full Council Final Action on Confirmation

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About Seattle City Light:

Seattle City Light is the department of the City government responsible for providing the residents of Seattle (and several suburban cities) with reliable, low-cost, environmentally responsible electricity. It is the tenth largest publically owned utility in the nation and since 2005 has delivered power to its customers without adding to the City's carbon footprint.

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