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Condon names more transition leaders, including former school superintendent

Spokane Mayor-elect David Condon today announced in a news release the leaders of five task forces that will make up his transition team.

Nancy Isserlis, attorney and former chairwoman of the Spokane Ethics Commission, will lead the public safety group.

Mike Senske, chief executive officer of Pearson Packaging, will lead jobs and economy.

Brian Benzel, former Spokane Public Schools superintendent, will lead budget reform.

Latisha Hill, former Washington Transportation Commissioner, will lead the group focused on improving utility infrastructure without having to greatly increase rates.

Arlene Patton, former director of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Eastern Washington office, will lead the quality of life and social services group.

Last week, Condon introduced the three main leaders of his transition. Theresa Sanders, who served as the city’s economic development director from 2007 until 2009, is his transition director and Ezra Eckhardt, president and chief operating officer of Sterling Savings Bank, and Katy Bruya, senior vice president of human resources at Washington Trust Bank, were picked as transition co-leaders.

All the members of the transition team will be announced next week, his campaign news release said.



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