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Spokane Valley chooses new city manager

Acting city manager Mike Jackson given the nod

In a split decision Tuesday night the Spokane Valley City Council voted to give acting city manager Mike Jackson the job he has held since February after the former city manager was asked to resign by the new council.

Jackson was hired by the city in 2003 as the Parks and Recreation director and was promoted to deputy city manager in 2007.

“We got outstanding reports on his ability to work with people from his references,” said councilman Bill Gothmann.

Councilman Dean Grafos said Jackson was “customer service oriented” and willing to listen. Jackson was also able to renegotiate the law enforcement contract in six months “after years of posturing and wrangling,” Grafos said.

Gothmann and Grafos were joined by Mayor Tom Towey, councilman Gary Schimmels and councilwoman Rose Dempsey in voting to hire Jackson. Councilwoman Brenda Grassel and councilman Bob McCaslin voted no.