From SPS Communications:
It is with honor and excitement that Seattle Public Schools (SPS) announces that Noel Treat will return to the district as General Counsel. Treat has devoted his career to public service with more than 20 years of experience in education as well as legal, management and policy issues facing local governments.
Noel previously served SPS as general counsel and deputy superintendent. He has also held several senior local government leadership positions including city manager for the City of Mercer Island, chief of staff for the King County Executive, section head for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, city attorney and assistant attorney general.
“During the interview process, Noel’s passion about public education and a strong belief in the SPS was very compelling,” said Dr. Larry Nyland, Seattle Public Schools superintendent. “I would like to personally thank John Cerqui for his leadership while serving as acting General Counsel. John’s skill and legal expertise has been impressive to watch, and numerous board members, and district staff have remarked about his positive approach during a time of transition.”
Treat received his law degree from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado College. He is a Seattle resident and enjoys spending time with his children (all of whom are SPS students).
I am thrilled to see Mr. Treat back as he certainly was one of the more principled people to ever work at SPS. Was he perfect? Nope but having integrity is a huge plus.
I do think John Cerqui was doing a good job as interim lead counsel.