(AP) Alex MacLeod, managing editor of The Seattle Times since 1986, has announced his retirement from the newspaper where his father once filled the same job.
MacLeod, 56, said Monday that his decision — effective June 30 — was motivated in part by an enhanced retirement package offered by the newspaper.
“The other was something my dad said to me a year or so before he died,” MacLeod said in a note to Times staff members. “As much as he had loved working here, something he did for 43 years, he told me not to work any longer than necessary to keep food on the table and a roof over my head. Life is too short to spend it all working.”
MacLeod’s father, Henry, died in 2000. He was the Times‘ managing editor 15 years before retiring in 1975.
Times spokeswoman Kerry Coughlin said Executive Editor Mike Fancher expected to announce MacLeod’s successor soon, and would likely fill the job from within.
“It’s Mike feeling that we have extremely capable and talented individuals in the newsroom,” Couglin said.
MacLeod joined the Times in 1976 as a night police reporter. He rose through the ranks, becoming associate managing editor in 1984 and managing editor two years later.