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Spokane County commissioners could choose new CEO Tuesday

Feuding commissioners are uncertain what will be the outcome of a meeting Tuesday to talk about a new Spokane County CEO. Commissioners could appoint a handpicked replacement for Marshal Farnell, or go back to publicly advertising the job.

KSPS debate between Mielke, French on County Prop 1

Spokane County Commissioners Al French and Todd Mielke, who have staked different positions on the ballot measure to expand the commission by two members, joined Karen Kearney, Sheila Collins and KSPS's Doug Nadvornick in a roundtable discussion.

Commissioners remain at odds over Spokane County CEO job

After a public rebuke of Todd Mielke's candidacy for Spokane County chief executive, Al French says he still wants a national search conducted by a headhunter. Mielke and Shelly O'Quinn are leaning toward other options.

Workers Bill of Rights proposal qualifies for Spokane ballot

Enough signatures have been collected in Spokane to put a proposed Workers Bill of Rights charter amendment on this November’s ballot. If passed, the newest measure put forth by Envision Spokane would amend the city charter to require large employers to pay workers a “family wage,” ensure equal pay for equal work regardless of gender or race, and make it more difficult to terminate workers. The measure would make the rights of a corporation secondary to people’s rights.

Spokane County Commission expansion will likely be on ballot this fall

Spokane County voters will likely decide whether to make the biggest representative change in local government since Washington became a state. Following brief public testimony Tuesday, county Commissioners Shelly O’Quinn and Todd Mielke said they support placing on the ballot the question of whether to increase their ranks by two. Even without fellow Commissioner Al French’s vote, their support would be enough to let the public decide in November.

Hearing set on adding two more to Spokane County Commission

Spokane County is closer than it’s been in years to expanding its governing body. The public will have a chance Tuesday to tell the three sitting commissioners why voters should be allowed to consider increasing their ranks by two, following a public shift from Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn earlier this year calling for more representation. She had previously said she wanted to see the petition signatures necessary to put the issue on the ballot before weighing in.

Todd Mielke won’t seek Spokane County CEO post

Spokane County Commissioner Al French scuttled colleague Todd Mielke’s plans to seize the job of county chief executive and said the hiring process needed a reboot. French said voting Mielke into the position as the last standing candidate for the job was “unfair.” Richard L. Davis, who was also interviewed last month by French and Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn, withdrew his name a few days later after taking another job in Baytown, Texas.

Pick for county commission chief executive delayed

Spokane County Commissioners Al French and Shelly O’Quinn say they’ve buried the hatchet that arose during a contentious ballot measure targeting taxes to expand public transportation. “That was then, this is now. We’re fine,” French said Monday night, with O’Quinn nodding in agreement.

Spokane County CEO finalists interviewed; no decision made

Todd Mielke preached experience and Rick Davis pitched a more unified approach between Spokane County and the cities within its borders at interviews conducted Wednesday to determine who will be the county’s next chief executive. Commissioners Al French and Shelly O’Quinn declined Wednesday to make a choice between the two men, instead deferring to later this month the decision to pick who will take over Marshall Farnell’s job in June. The 90-minute public interviews took place as the selection process has come under fire for a lack of transparency after Mielke, a sitting county commissioner, was identified as the front-runner by a panel of business leaders selected by French and O’Quinn.

Mager asks for probe into County CEO search

Former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager has asked Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell to seek an "independent investigation" into the search for a new county CEO after former colleague Todd Mielke emerged as the top candidate in April.

STA transit sales tax increase fails

Late returns counted Wednesday failed to give Spokane Transit Authority’s Proposition 1 ballot measure enough votes to overcome an election night deficit. With less than 1,000 votes remaining to be counted, the chance of the measure passing is “almost impossible,” Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton said.