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Spokane County CEO rescinds resignation, will continue to oversee county virus response

UPDATED: Thu., May 28, 2020

Spokane County CEO Gerry Gemmill, shown here Jan. 7, 2016, has delayed his planned retirement. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane County CEO Gerry Gemmill, shown here Jan. 7, 2016, has delayed his planned retirement. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane County CEO Gerry Gemmill, who planned to retire this summer, has rescinded his resignation and will continue to oversee the county as it responds to COVID-19.

Gemmill has been Spokane County CEO for five years and has worked at Spokane County for nearly 40 years. As CEO, he advises commissioners during meetings and oversees all county government departments.

In February, he announced his retirement, which would have taken effect at the end of June. In a Wednesday news release about his decision to stay with the county, Gemmill said he wanted to provide stability as the county continues to respond to COVID-19.

“After the events of the last three months and an incredible amount of consideration with the Board, I have decided that now is simply not the ideal time to leave the County in a stage of transition,” Gemmill said. “My focus is on continuing to work with the Board to get our County government and our community through the efforts to respond and recover from this COVID-19 crisis.”

County Commissioner Al French said it would have been difficult for the county to transition to a new leader or hire a new executive-level employee during a pandemic and that he appreciated Gemmill’s decision to stay.

“I’m really grateful for Gerry (Gemmill),” French said. “His commitment to this community is so strong that he decided to set his retirement aside and do this. … I’m personally very grateful for the decision that he made. His experience is going to be critical as we move forward.”

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