|Paul Schell, 1999|
|50th Mayor of Seattle|
January 1, 1998 – January 1, 2002
|Preceded by||Norm Rice|
|Succeeded by||Greg Nickels|
October 8, 1937 |
Fort Dodge, Iowa
|Alma mater||University of Washington
Columbia Law School
|Profession||lawyer, urban planner, real estate developer|
Paul Schell, born Paul Schlachtenhaufen on October 8, 1937, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, was the 50th mayor of Seattle, Washington. A member of the Democratic Party, Schell's four-year term as mayor began on January 1, 1998.
The oldest of six children of a Lutheran minister in a small Iowa farming town, Schell studied political science at the University of Iowa and then received a law degree from Columbia Law School in 1963 After working at a private law firm in New York City, he moved to Seattle in 1967, where he went to work for law firm Perkins Coie. In 1971 he played a prominent role in the fight to save Pike Place Market. From 1975 to 1977 he was director of the City's Department of Community Development. He first ran for mayor in 1977, but lost to Charles Royer. He then turned to real estate development, and finally won public office as a Port of Seattle commissioner in 1989, becoming commission president in 1995. He was also dean of the University of Washington College of Architecture and Urban Planning (now College of Built Environments) from 1992 to 1995.
Schell was mayor during the infamous WTO Meeting of 1999. The conclusion by many in Seattle was that the WTO convention was not worth hosting due to the economic damage and lasting image problems it caused. Controversy over the city's lack of preparation and response to the protests resulted in the departure of Seattle police chief Norm Stamper from his position, in what Stamper said was a previously planned retirement.
In addition, Schell was mayor during a particularly violent Mardi Gras celebration in 2001, which left 20 year old Kris Kime fatally injured. During the riot, Schell's appointed Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske ordered officers not to intervene. Arguably, the WTO meeting and the Mardi Gras violence played a role in Schell's loss to Greg Nickels, also a Democrat, in the 2001 mayoral primary election, as did Boeing's move of its headquarters to Chicago. It was the first time in over 65 years a Seattle mayor had failed to survive a primary election. During the campaign, he was allegedly assaulted by being struck with a bullhorn by fringe mayoral candidate James Garrett (a.k.a. Omari Tahir-Garrett), who had been using the bullhorn to heckle Schell. Garrett was later convicted of second-degree assault and sentenced to 21 months in prison.
- Mayors of the City of Seattle, Seattle City Archives. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
- "5279-00: Paul Schell", 5200: Office of the Mayor, Seattle City Archives. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
- J. Martin McOmber, in the cited article "Paul Schell: Midnight At Midterm?..." counts him as the 54th mayor. Presumably the difference is in how those who served non-successive terms are counted.
- Alex Fryer, Susan Byrnes, Schell Built Big, But Projects Lost Big, Seattle Times, 1997-10-14. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
- "Spending, Growth, Runway Are Main Issues In Port Races -- Two Seats Open; One Challenger Criticizes Campaign Financing", Seattle Times, October 26, 1995, by Barbara Schechter http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19951026&slug=2148947
- Kit Oldham, WTO Meeting and Protests in Seattle (1999) – Part 2, HistoryLink, 2009-11-13. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
- Violence at Mardi Gras, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Special Report. See especially Lewis Kamb, 'No more Fat Tuesday,' mayor declares, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2001-03-01 and Kery Murakami, Nickels on Mardi Gras: 'It's about leadership', Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2001-03-09. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
- Timothy Egan, Primary Voters Reject Seattle Mayor After One Term, The New York Times, 2001-09-20. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
- Nancy Bartley, Mr. Schell also used his position to secure a 99 year lease on the grain terminals in seattle for cargill corporation; this is convenient considering the price deregulation on grain driving food riots globally. Suspect in Schell attack faces bail of $250,000, Seattle Times, 2001-07-11. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
- , KOMO News, 2002-07-31, updated 2006-08-31. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
- Alex Fryer, Garrett gets maximum term, vows 'I'll be back', Seattle Times, 2002-04-03. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
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