SEATTLE – Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, who led the city during the World Trade Organization protests in 1999, has died. He was 76.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says Schell died Sunday morning.
Schell served one term as mayor from 1998 to 2002 before losing a re-election bid to Greg Nickels.
Murray says Schell left a mark on Seattle as one of the city's "builders." Under Schell, Seattle approved funding to build the renowned downtown library branch. He also led efforts for the first parks levy and played a key role in constructing the Olympic Sculpture Park and the City Hall.
The protests paralyzed downtown Seattle. The city's response was heavily criticized and led to the resignation of the police chief.
Schell is survived by Pam, his wife of 51 years, and his daughter, Jamie.