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AutoNation chief, after 20 years, is turning over the keys

Mike Jackson is stepping down after almost two decades leading AutoNation, the largest dealership chain in the U.S.


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 8:06 p.m.

Tariffs will drive car prices up ‘dramatically,’ AutoNation CEO says

Auto prices in the United States will rise “dramatically” if the Trump administration imposes tariffs, AutoNation Chairman and CEO Mike Jackson said Wednesday.


Valley council cleared

The Washington State Auditor’s Office has issued a detailed report clearing the Spokane Valley City Council – specifically Councilmen Ed Pace and Sam Wood, and Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard and …


Spokane Valley close to appointing new city manager

The City of Spokane Valley announced late Tuesday that a new city manager may be appointed at the Oct. 25 city council meeting. The appointment is made by the city …


Six complaints lodged against Spokane Valley City Council

The state auditor’s office confirmed it has received six complaints about how the Spokane Valley City Council handled the firing of former city manager Mike Jackson and other City Council …


Spokane Valley council won’t investigate Mike Jackson’s firing

Gothmann’s motion for independent investigation doesn’t get a second.


Fired Spokane Valley city manager is Yakima finalist

YAKIMA, Wash. - Fired Spokane Valley city manager Mike Jackson is a finalist to be the next city manager in Yakima. The Yakima City Council identifed four finalists for the …


Vocal Point: Spokane Valley City Council’s new direction should concern citizens

Hush money. That is what you call the $411,115 paid by the city of Spokane Valley to former City Manager Mike Jackson to go silently into the night.


Doug Clark: If Spokane Valley-sized golden parachute comes with city manager job, sign me up

Doug Clark wants to be like Mike - Mike Jackson, that is. A Jackson-sized severance from the City of Spokane Valley would set Doug up nicely in retirement.


Valley council owes public an explanation

Why did the council spend more than it seemingly had to? What did the public get in exchange? What did the council get, other than an assurance of secrecy?


Spokane Valley city manager’s severance three times what his contract stipulated

Those who left Spokane Valley City Hall Tuesday night with a bit of sticker shock and lots of questions about the $411,000 severance package granted dismissed city manager Mike Jackson …


Spokane Valley extends city manager’s suspension while working on termination deal

Spokane Valley city manager Mike Jackson’s suspension is extended for another month; meanwhile, he says he’d return to his job if given the opportunity.


Doug Clark: Incorporation brings Spokane Valley big-city woes

Looks like the backers of Spokane Valley incorporation got what they wanted - a dysfunctional government.


Spokane Valley declines investigation into termination of city manager

Despite a protest outside City Hall Tuesday and numerous speakers supporting fired city manager Mike Jackson, the majority of the Spokane Valley City Council refused to consider launching an independent …


Valley Councilmen Grafos, Hafner want city manager’s firing investigated

Some Spokane Valley council members say Jackson was fired illegally


Shawn Vestal: Spokane Valley council could use a refresher course in open meetings law

Has the four-member majority of the Spokane Valley City Council granted itself an exemption to state open meetings law? Are they – as the majority before them was credibly accused …


City Manager Mike Jackson asked to resign by Spokane Valley council

Spokane Valley Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard’s announcement that City Manager Mike Jackson had been asked to resign “in the best interest of the city” was met with a loud boo …


Bridge work forces Centennial Trail revision

Emergency marijuana moratorium passed in Spokane Valley


Valley Council plans website for train-related projects

Drive around Spokane Valley for a bit and chances are you’ll have to stop at a railroad crossing and wait for a train. Spokane Valley has identified 57 high-priority crossings …


Spokane Valley Council seeks temporary replacement for Bill Bates

The Spokane Valley City Council decided at its Tuesday meeting to begin a search for a temporary replacement for Councilman Bill Bates, who’s been on excused absence since late last …


Spokane Valley puts brakes on pot businesses

Spokane County consumers spent more than $1 million on marijuana in November, but that didn’t stop the business-friendly Spokane Valley City Council from passing a moratorium on all marijuana businesses …


Spokane Valley marks 10-year anniversary of incorporation

When the incorporation of the city of Spokane Valley popped up on the ballot in May 2002, no one was really surprised. Valley incorporation, with varying names and boundary lines, …


Spokane Valley has healthy reserves, council told

Spokane Valley City Manager Mike Jackson told the City Council Tuesday that the city has a balanced budget and healthy reserves going into 2012. “Right now I think we are …


City finance director retires on ‘high note’

Spokane Valley Finance Director Ken Thompson will become the fourth department head to leave the city in a little over a year when he retires in June. Thompson, 64, has …


Verner or not, garbage summit is a go

Next week’s regional Solid Waste Summit will occur with or without Spokane participation, County Commission Chairman Al French announced Friday. The two-day gathering of local government officials throughout the county …


‘Interesting, challenging’ year for Valley mayor

Ten minutes after Tom Towey took his seat as a new Spokane Valley City Council member on Jan. 5, 2010, he was elected mayor. The year since has been a …


Vocal Point: Valleyfest organizers deserve city’s applause

Last Friday was the Hearts of Gold parade that was the start of the Valleyfest community celebration for Spokane Valley citizens. I was so proud as my group of six …


Valley council freezes COLA for nonunion employees

Four Spokane Valley City Council members voted Tuesday to withhold a 2.5 percent cost of living increase in 2011 from the city’s nonunion employees despite the fact that the city …


Spokane Valley City Council approves contract for city manager

Four thousand dollars and a retirement package stood between three Spokane Valley council members and their approval of City Manager Mike Jackson’s new contract. Council members Bob McCaslin, Brenda Grassel …


Spokane Valley’s budget to see surplus in 2014

Some members of the Spokane Valley City Council started to pick apart acting City Manager Mike Jackson’s proposed 2011 budget Tuesday, but at least one was using outdated numbers to …