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Spokane Valley public works director who led project to build new city hall resigns

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017

Spokane County’s unemployment rate rose to 7 percent in January, up from 6.3 percent in December, in part due to seasonal job losses in construction. (Jesse Tinsley / JESSE TINSLEY/The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane County’s unemployment rate rose to 7 percent in January, up from 6.3 percent in December, in part due to seasonal job losses in construction. (Jesse Tinsley / JESSE TINSLEY/The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane Valley City Manager Mark Calhoun confirmed early Monday that Public Works Director Eric Guth and Senior Engineer and Capital Improvement Program Manager Steve Worley resigned on Friday.

Calhoun would not say why.

City Attorney Cary Driskell said the city doesn’t comment on personnel issues.

Among the many capital projects Worley has been in charge of is the construction of the new city hall. He’s been with the city since its inception in 2003, and led the design and funding process of many transportation and infrastructure projects.

Guth joined Spokane Valley in 2012 when he returned from a year in Afghanistan, where he’d worked on military construction projects. He’s a civil engineer who had worked in similar jobs in Colorado and other states.

Community and Economic Development Director John Hohman was recently promoted to Deputy City Manager, a position that was left open when Calhoun was promoted to city manager.

When asked if the resignations signaled a larger reorganization at city hall, Calhoun would only say that they do provide an opportunity to review the city’s organizational structure but he provided no details.

Councilman Mike Munch said Calhoun is in charge of staffing decisions and that he had no other information than what Calhoun already shared.

Mayor Rod Higgins and Councilman Ed Pace declined to comment.

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(509) 459-5427piah@spokesman.com

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