The City of Seattle has officially opened its new Office of the Employee Ombud. The confidential, informal and independent resource serves all current city employees (but not former employees, job applicants, retirees, or the general public) following IOA standards. Amarah Y. Khan is the Director and Emma Phan is the Assistant Ombud.
The new website includes links to the Ombud Office Charter and Terms of Reference, city ordinance, and FAQ's. The annual budget for the new office, including three staff salaries, is about $560,000. (Seattle Ombud, 2019-20 Budget Item.)
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