Oops! Mayor Mourns ‘Death’ Of Former City Official, But There’s A Problem

By: Judy Oehling
By: Judy Oehling

SEATTLE, Wash (Q13FOX/CNN)-- Mayor Ed Murray’s office put out a news release Thursday to say he was mourning the death of former Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Director Jim Diers.

But Diers is not dead — or even sick.

In the first news release sent out Thursday afternoon, Murray said he was “very saddened by the death of Jim Diers. … His service to this city was unmeasurable. My thoughts go out to the Diers family. He will be missed.”

About 35 minutes later, the mayor’s office sent out a “CORRECTION!” to the news release.

“The Mayor’s office was mistakenly informed of the death of Jim Diers. He is alive and well.”

Diers must have been relieved to hear that.


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