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Downtown group will announce leader’s fate on Wednesday

The board overseeing the Downtown Spokane Partnership has decided if it will keep its new leader but hasn’t announced its decision.

Spokane City Councilman Steve Salvatori, a partnership board member, said that the board made a decision about whether to fire its president, Mike Tedesco, at the end of a three-hour meeting this evening. Salvatori said the decision will be announced Wednesday morning by Todd Woodward, the board’s vice president who is the spokesman for the Spokane International Airport.

Tedesco, 34, said he was told that there would be another meeting Wednesday morning but was not told if there was a decision.

Tedesco, who started his job in October, received a poor performance review earlier this year that criticized him, in part, for not communicating well with city officials. Tedesco argues that he’s done the best he can to represent downtown business owners, whose interests, he said, occasionally diverges from the city’s.