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.
Before taking the oath of office, Kuney signed a resignation letter and handed it to county Auditor Vicky Dalton. Kuney has been Dalton’s chief deputy auditor for two and a half years.
During a speech in the commissioners’ hearing room, Kuney said she looked forward to working with the other two commissioners, fellow Republicans Al French and Josh Kerns.
“I truly feel like I complement the two of them,” Kuney said. “I think they have their own strengths and I have mine, and together we’re going to do great.”
Kuney, who’s also started a business and worked for private accounting firms, was one of three people the county GOP nominated for the commission seat. The others were county Treasurer Rob Chase and marketing consultant John Guarisco, who plans to run against Kuney in next year’s special election.
French and Kerns announced they could not agree on a new colleague and punted the decision to Inslee earlier this month. Kerns was said to favor Chase, while French preferred Kuney, his former campaign treasurer.
In a news release before the swearing-in ceremony, French said, “I have been looking forward to this day.”
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