Seattle Mayor Ed Murray releases statement mourning man who is still alive

The former director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, Jim Diers, is still alive.
By Evan Bleier   |   Feb. 28, 2014 at 9:17 AM   |   Comments

SEATTLE, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Seattle Mayor Ed Murray released a very nice statement on Thursday afternoon mourning the death of the former director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods.

The problem is that Jim Diers, who served as the SDN president until he was fired by former Mayor Greg Nickels, is still alive.

“I’m very saddened by the death of Jim Diers. He was an innovator in bringing communities together and made a significant contribution to the foundation that makes Seattle special,” Murray said in the statement. “His work with neighborhoods was passionate and progressive. His service to this city was unmeasurable. My thoughts go out to the Diers family. He will be missed.”

After a few minutes went by, a second statement was released about Diers: “He is alive and well.”

Apparently Murray mixed Diers up with Joe Dear, a former chief of staff for Gov. Gary Locke. Dear died from cancer at the age of 62.

Diers didn’t seem too upset about the mayor’s mistake.

[Seattle Times]
[Seattle Pi]

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