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Hell has little fury

Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan’s threat to “bring hell” didn’t stop the council -- or even himself -- from approving on Monday new rules governing the body.

The lone opposition belonged to Councilman Richard Rush, who expressed concern that the final version was rushed.

The rules, many routine, had been under consideration for almost a year, but they were put under the spotlight earlier this month when the council scheduled a meeting held when Shogan was out of town to set a time to vote on the rules.

Shogan participated in the Oct. 8 meeting by phone and angrily criticized four council members who voted to place the proposal on a future agenda. But his tone shifted after a later meeting when members hashed out the new guidelines in more detail.

Changes include stipulations for the make-up of City Council committees and the process for choosing council members to serve on those committees.

Jonathan Brunt
Jonathan Brunt joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. He is the government editor. He previously was a reporter who covered Spokane City Hall, Spokane County government and public safety.

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