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Towey remains Spokane Valley mayor

Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey, left, chats with city councilmen Dean Grafos, center, and Gary Schimmels before a City Council meeting Dec. 28, 2010. SR file photo.

The Spokane Valley City Council made a unanimous decision last night to re-elect Mayor Tom Towey to a second term. Towey was the only one nominated for the position, just as Deputy Mayor Gary Schimmels retained his position as the only nominee. At one point last year Towey told me that he thought someone else should have a chance to be Mayor, but more recently he said that the council members he had encouraged to consider being mayor were not interested and that he was willing to serve as mayor again if nominated.

Since Spokane Valley has a city manager form of government, the role of mayor is largely ceremonial but it is a role that Towey has seemed to enjoy. The council elects a mayor from within their ranks every two years.

Spokane Valley mayor elected tonight

The Spokane Valley City Council will elect a new mayor at tonight's council meeting, or they could decide to vote in Mayor Tom Towey for a second term. The city has a city manager form of government and the position of mayor is largely ceremonial. The mayor runs the council meetings and represents the city at public events.

Tonight's meeting will also include a vote on the city's street maintenance contract, which has been the subject of lengthy debate at several previous meetings. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.

Memorial service set for former Spokane Valley mayor

A public memorial service for former Spokane Valley mayor Rich Munson will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, according to an email from city councilman Bill Gothmann. Munson, 68, died on New Year's Day from complications of leukemia.

Current mayor Tom Towey announced today that the City of Spokane Valley will fly its flags at half staff Tuesday through Sunday in Munson's honor. Towey will read a proclamation declaring the observance at Tuesday's city council meeting.

Towey said he had no idea Munson was so ill. “Rich was a visionary,” he said. “We need more visionaries like him in our community.”

Funeral pending for former Spokane Valley mayor

Spokane Valley Mayor Rich Munson approaches the podium to speak at a press conference at the state line Friday, Aug. 21, 2009. A press conference was called by government and law enforcement officials and human rights organizers in Washington and Idaho to speak to the recent distribution of racist flyers. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Former Spokane Valley mayor Rich Munson died on New Year's Day from complications of leukemia, only a year after he left office. He had been heavily involved in the city since incorporation and was very passionate about his time on the council and as mayor. Reporter Rebecca Nappi spoke to family members and colleagues for a story in today's paper. Funeral arrangements are pending and more information may be available later today. 

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