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County commission rejects pay raises for Knezovich, Haskell

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will continue to earn less than his undersheriffs after county commissioners rejected a proposal to boost the salaries of the sheriff and prosecutor. Knezovich and …


Gerry Gemmill leaves alma mater for opportunity at Spokane County

A split Spokane County Commission has chosen Gerry Gemmill as the next chief executive for the county. Friends and supporters say he’ll make good use of contacts and a perspective …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 3, 2015, 10:39 p.m.

Spokane County voters turn down proposal to expand commission

Spokane County voters turned down by a wide margin a proposal to expand the three-member county commission. Just over 62 percent of voters said “no” to Spokane County Proposition 1.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 27, 2015, 10:14 p.m.

Spokane County CEO job offered to Gerry Gemmill in split vote

Gerry Gemmill, who previously worked for Spokane County and the City of Spokane, is favored by two Spokane County commissioners to become the county’s next CEO.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 26, 2015, 10:12 p.m.

Spokane County commissioners could choose new CEO Tuesday

Feuding commissioners are uncertain what will be the outcome of a meeting Tuesday to talk about a new Spokane County CEO. Commissioners could appoint a handpicked replacement for Marshal Farnell, …


Once-rejected Spokane County charter proposed again

The call for a charter to address representation issues in Spokane County government is nothing new.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 10, 2015, 11:35 p.m.

Spokane County Commission expansion proposal comes amid hostile divide on board

The proposal to expand the Spokane County Commission to five members is occurring in a contentious political climate that dates back at least a year.


Vestal: Rancor among county commissioners a by-product of a larger problem

The rancor that burst into the open this week among the three county commissioners seemed very much like high-stakes drama, or at least a very soapy opera: squabbling and bad …


Commissioners trade political, personal attacks in commission expansion talks

Public discussion of whether to support a ballot measure that would increase their ranks by two pitted Spokane County Commissioners against each other Tuesday night.


County commissioners publicly air rumors, trade political, personal attacks in commission expansion talks

Public discussion of whether to support a ballot measure that would increase their ranks by two pitted Spokane County Commissioners against each other Tuesday night.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 28, 2015, 8:45 p.m.

Commissioners remain at odds over Spokane County CEO job

After a public rebuke of Todd Mielke’s candidacy for Spokane County chief executive, Al French says he still wants a national search conducted by a headhunter. Mielke and Shelly O’Quinn …


Workers Bill of Rights proposal qualifies for Spokane ballot

Enough signatures have been collected in Spokane to put a proposed Workers Bill of Rights charter amendment on this November’s ballot. If passed, the newest measure put forth by Envision …


Spokane County Commission expansion will likely be on ballot this fall

Spokane County voters will likely decide whether to make the biggest representative change in local government since Washington became a state. Following brief public testimony Tuesday, county Commissioners Shelly O’Quinn …


Hearing set on adding two more to Spokane County Commission

Spokane County is closer than it’s been in years to expanding its governing body. The public will have a chance Tuesday to tell the three sitting commissioners why voters should …


Doug Clark: Al French’s deflection on Todd Mielke does taxpayers, county a favor

Hear ye. Hear ye. By the powers of the rickety Clark soapbox, I hereby declare today – June 23, Year of Our Lord 2015 – to be Al French Day.


Todd Mielke won’t seek Spokane County CEO post

Spokane County Commissioner Al French scuttled colleague Todd Mielke’s plans to seize the job of county chief executive and said the hiring process needed a reboot. French said voting Mielke …


UPDATED: Mon., June 22, 2015, 2:39 p.m.

Mielke lacks French’s support for Spokane County CEO, will abandon candidacy

Todd Mielke said Monday he will not renew his efforts to be named the county’s chief executive officer after colleague Al French refused to support his candidacy. French said he …


Pick for county commission chief executive delayed

Spokane County Commissioners Al French and Shelly O’Quinn say they’ve buried the hatchet that arose during a contentious ballot measure targeting taxes to expand public transportation. “That was then, this …


Spokane County CEO finalists interviewed; no decision made

Todd Mielke preached experience and Rick Davis pitched a more unified approach between Spokane County and the cities within its borders at interviews conducted Wednesday to determine who will be …


STA transit sales tax increase fails

Late returns counted Wednesday failed to give Spokane Transit Authority’s Proposition 1 ballot measure enough votes to overcome an election night deficit. With less than 1,000 votes remaining to be …


Mielke top pick for chief executive by Spokane County recruiters

A seven-member committee made up of executives in various industries picked Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke as their top choice to replace Marshall Farnell as the county’s next chief executive …


STA sales tax increase failing

Spokane County voters on Tuesday were turning down a 0.3 percent sales tax increase to pay for improvements to public transit. But the measure still was too close to call, …


O’Quinn supports expanding board to five commissioners

Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn said Tuesday she supports a proposal to swell the ranks of the three-member board by two members. “I’ve been on the fence about it in …


Spat deepens among county commissioners

The fissure is growing among the three Republicans serving on the usually lock-step Spokane County Commission. A political battle over the proposed sales tax increase to fund public transit has …


County’s hiring of land-use attorney concerns urban growth expansion opponents

Opponents of Spokane County’s plans to expand areas where urban growth can occur say they’re concerned about the hiring of an attorney with strong ties to developers. In January, county …


French draws ire of fellow commissioners talking up STA tax on TV

The usually monolithic Spokane County Commission showed signs of cracking Tuesday as Shelly O’Quinn and Todd Mielke took colleague Al French to task for using a monthly TV program to …


Spokane hires new county engineer

The state’s largest county road system has its next chief. The Spokane County Commission on Tuesday selected Mitch Reister as the county engineer, who oversees more than 2,500 miles of …


Spokane County juvenile services tax vote likely this year

Spokane County voters likely will decide this year if a sales tax that pays for juvenile detention services should be maintained. But county commissioners disagree when to put the one-tenth-of-a-cent …


Commissioners hear neighborhood plea against Wandermere apartment complex proposal

Two Spokane County commissioners heard an earful from residents young and old living near a proposed 354-unit apartment complex near Wandermere Golf Course on Tuesday night. The biggest ovation of …


Activist calls for adding two seats to county commission

Once again, Spokane County commissioners will hear a proposal to increase their ranks by two. Community activist Karen Kearney announced her intention to bring the idea to the all-Republican commission …