Stories tagged: josh kerns
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019
Spokane County officials continue to explore the idea of contracting with a nonprofit agency to provide public defense attorneys even though more counties are choosing to make that a function …
UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019
Spokane County taxpayers will soon see a $5 increase in conservation district fees, after the Spokane County Commissioners voted to increase their fees for the first time in 21 years.
UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019
Sparber has served as interim director of Spokane County Detention Services since February, when
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court. Plaintiffs include the county as well as Commissioner Al French, former Commissioner John Roskelley and the Washington State Association of …
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018
The move means members of the public and media will be able to witness the collective bargaining process in real time, even though state law allows that process to take …
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018
Spokane County commissioners unanimously approved a $790 million balanced budget for next year that largely avoids cuts to county departments while maintaining funding for public safety, infrastructure, parks and capital …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018
Spokane County Commissioners approved a 1 percent property tax increase to fund core county services, road construction and property acquisition for the Conservation Futures program.
Thu., Nov. 29, 2018
Spokane County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to file a lawsuit to block expansion of the board from three members to five.
Tue., Oct. 16, 2018
The union representing Spokane County’s deputy prosecutors has launched a public pressure campaign in hopes of rebooting contract negotiations and obtaining wage increases. Mediated negotiations stalled in August when the …
Wed., Sept. 12, 2018
The Spokane County commissioners will host a series of community meetings to inform the public and gather input as they craft the county’s budget for 2019.
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017
Some agencies and departments that receive funding from Spokane County avoided steep cuts in 2018. The Spokane County Regional Health District isn’t one of them.
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017
Commissioners Al French and Mary Kuney voted in favor of the spending plan, which will use money set aside from the road construction budget to cover day-to-day expenses next year …
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017
The Spokane County Board of Commissioners voted this week to remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017
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.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017
Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday tapped Mary Kuney to fill a vacancy on the Spokane County Commission, less than two weeks after the two sitting commissioners announced they could not …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017
Spokane County commissioners deadlock on appointment of third Republican colleague, give decision to Democratic governor
Deadlocked in a heated debate about who should fill a vacant seat on the Spokane County Commission, Republican commissioners voted Tuesday to let the Democratic governor make the selection.
Fri., Sept. 8, 2017
We hope Kuney still has the support of French, because it would appear as if Commissioner Kerns is in Chase’s corner. A Kerns-Chase power bloc on the commission is worrisome.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017
A rift in the Spokane County Republican Party has resulted in a stalemate between two county commissioners who are running out of time to choose a new colleague.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017
Spokane County voters won’t be asked whether they want to raise property taxes this year. The county commissioners, Al French and Josh Kerns, voted to rescind a tax proposal on …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017
The Spokane County commissioners may walk away from a proposal to raise property taxes to fix an estimated $10 million budget shortfall.
Sat., Aug. 5, 2017
The Spokane County Republican Party convened Saturday in a church in Spokane Valley to pick three potential replacements for Shelly O’Quinn, who recently vacated a seat on the county commission …
Wed., June 21, 2017
The Spokane County commissioners have lifted a moratorium on outdoor marijuana farms, but they replaced it with zoning rules that are significantly more restrictive to the pot industry.
UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017
Shelly O’Quinn was expected to resign from the Spokane County Commission this month to lead a major nonprofit organization, but the Legislature’s inability to craft a bipartisan budget has thrown …
UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017
Spokane County plans to add measureable performance standards to its contract with NaphCare Inc., the Alabama company that provides medical care to county jail inmates.
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016
County officials balance budget with property taxes former commissioner says should be devoted to roads
For the third year in a row, Spokane County officials are balancing the budget by diverting money that a former commissioner says should be spent on road improvements.
Tue., Nov. 29, 2016
Josh Kerns was sworn in as Spokane County commissioner Tuesday evening, replacing Nancy McLaughlin to represent the county’s northern district.
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016
All four candidates involved in close races in Spokane County picked up more votes in Wednesday’s second count of ballots, but no one was able to make enough of a …
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016
A Democrat on the Spokane County Commission? Probably not. Incumbent Republican Shelly O’Quinn easily won re-election Tuesday and Republican Josh Kerns had a strong lead for the other open seat.
Fri., Oct. 28, 2016
For the second time in his run for Spokane County commissioner, Josh Kerns’ campaign has distributed a mailer containing some dubious claims about an opponent.
Fri., Oct. 14, 2016
Either way voters choose, the candidate who replaces Spokane County Commissioner Nancy McLaughlin will bring a markedly different political ideology.