Stories tagged: Spokane County government
Thu., Jan. 3, 2019
“The goal is to have something concrete, defined, this year,” said French, who also chairs the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council and its facilities committee. “This can has been …
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 6:37 a.m.
Spokane County Commissioners expected to rehire heads of public defender’s office, counsel for defense
Spokane County commissioners will decide Tuesday whether to rehire two men tasked with leading the county’s defense for indigent defendants.
Tue., Nov. 27, 2018
Spokane County commissioners will decide on Tuesday whether to take a one percent property tax increase that could help fund basic county services, road construction and property acquisitions for the …
Tue., Oct. 16, 2018
The union representing Spokane County’s deputy prosecutors has launched a public pressure campaign in hopes of rebooting contract negotiations and obtaining wage increases. Mediated negotiations stalled in August when the …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 9:39 a.m.
Both candidates for Spokane County treasurer have lots of experience. But they differ on the kind of experience that’s better suited for the job and how to use that experience.
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 9:36 a.m.
The race for county commissioner between Rob Chase and Mary Kuney mirrors a split in the Spokane County Republican Party between more traditional Republicans who have lined up behind Kuney …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:27 p.m.
Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to …
UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 9:28 p.m.
The chairwoman of the Spokane County Republican Party offered a defense of James Allsup during a meeting of local conservatives this month, claiming the 22-year-old alt-right provocateur – whose views …
UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 1:01 p.m.
Spokane County has hired a new criminal justice administrator to oversee reforms aimed at reducing the county’s jail population and racial disparities. Data from the reform effort so far makes …
Sun., May 20, 2018, 6 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Between officials and reformers, a growing rift in efforts to improve Spokane’s criminal justice system
We have plenty to be proud of in the city’s push towards a fairer criminal justice system. But two years after receiving an award from the MacArthur Foundation, a significant …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Down one colleague because of budget cuts, Spokane County District Court judges are picking up the slack
After Judge Gregory Tripp retired, the Spokane County District Court effectively gave up most of the money that would have gone toward his 2018 salary and benefits.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 11:06 p.m.
Spokane County has a new app for those seeking county resources and up-to-date information on their smartphones, tablets and other devices.
Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
The bill would take effect in 2022 and would add two members to the Spokane County Commission. It’s received bipartisan support in Olympia and the city of Spokane, but current …
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 9:05 p.m.
Some agencies and departments that receive funding from Spokane County avoided steep cuts in 2018. The Spokane County Regional Health District isn’t one of them.
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 6:20 a.m.
Commissioners Al French and Mary Kuney voted in favor of the spending plan, which will use money set aside from the road construction budget to cover day-to-day expenses next year …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 3:01 p.m.
Sheriff George L. Reid declared that two county commissioners played a “most contemptible trick” on him. They asked him to go along with them on a tour of warehouses where …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 7:09 a.m.
A jury heard opening statements Monday in a civil case against Spokane County brought by the family of an 84-year-old man who froze to death in a snowstorm nearly a …
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 8:38 p.m.
The Spokane County Board of Commissioners voted this week to remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 9:54 p.m.
Mary Kuney was sworn in as a Spokane County commissioner Friday evening, two days after Gov. Jay Inslee appointed her to fill the seat that previously belonged to Shelly O’Quinn.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 10:19 p.m.
Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday tapped Mary Kuney to fill a vacancy on the Spokane County Commission, less than two weeks after the two sitting commissioners announced they could not …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 11:23 a.m.
John Guarisco is a marketing consultant who has never held or campaigned for elected office, and his political leanings aren’t as well known as those of Mary Kuney and Rob …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 8:14 p.m.
Spokane County commissioners deadlock on appointment of third Republican colleague, give decision to Democratic governor
Deadlocked in a heated debate about who should fill a vacant seat on the Spokane County Commission, Republican commissioners voted Tuesday to let the Democratic governor make the selection.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 11:44 a.m.
A rift in the Spokane County Republican Party has resulted in a stalemate between two county commissioners who are running out of time to choose a new colleague.
Wed., Aug. 23, 2017
Spokane County plans to hire three new corrections officers and jail more federal prisoners to help fix a $10 million budget shortfall.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 10:59 p.m.
Spokane County voters won’t be asked whether they want to raise property taxes this year. The county commissioners, Al French and Josh Kerns, voted to rescind a tax proposal on …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 1:05 p.m.
The Spokane County commissioners may walk away from a proposal to raise property taxes to fix an estimated $10 million budget shortfall.
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 12:57 p.m.
Multiple events on the Spokane Super Oval at the Spokane County Raceway were canceled over the weekend because of a power outage caused by decades-old wiring.
Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 7:23 p.m.
The Spokane County Republican Party convened Saturday in a church in Spokane Valley to pick three potential replacements for Shelly O’Quinn, who recently vacated a seat on the county commission …
UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 10:11 a.m.
Some residents, including a sitting councilman, have floated the idea of disincorporating the town of Latah and letting the county take over services such as snowplowing and construction permitting.
UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 10:47 p.m.
The Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday approved a $75,000 settlement with a man who suffered a skull fracture after he was assaulted by another inmate in the county jail in …