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Worthy, Black call for Chesney’s reinstatement

Add one more prominent Spokane developer and a well-known downtown real estate attorney to the list calling for Scott Chesney to remain at City Hall: Walt Worthy and James Black.

In a short email written early this morning to Jan Quintrall, the head of the city's business and development services, and City Attorney Nancy Isserlis, Worthy didn't mince words:

Good morning Jan and Nancy,

I obviously don't know the facts either but multiply times 10 everything that everyone else has had to say about how good Scott is at his job. He has helped me immeasurably with this current project. That department has improved more under his guidance than you will ever know. I also ask that you reconsider your decision if that is possible.


Black echoed Worthy's sentiment:

Jan and Nancy: I don’t know, obviously, the facts here with Scott, but I must add my name to others in the real estate community expressing dismay at the replacement of Scott. We have found him to be a wealth of information, creative, approachable, and more than helpful in moving our community forward relating to development issues. A reconsideration should be encouraged. jsb

Jim Black

Chesney was forced out of his job yesterday afternoon. The city's official line was a "no comment," but Chesney said he had lost the confidence of the mayor and so resigned. Jim Frank, who is developing Kendall Yards, and Ron Wells, who is redeveloping the Ridpath Hotel, both called for Chesney to be reinstated yesterday evening. Read our coverage here.

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Nicholas Deshais
Joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He is the urban issues reporter, covering transportation, housing, development and other issues affecting the city. He also writes the Getting There transportation column and The Dirt, a roundup of construction projects, new businesses and expansions. He previously covered Spokane City Hall.

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