Stories tagged: spokane county government
UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019
The Spokane County Building and Planning director resigned after a county employee accused him of choking her with a cord while she was sitting at her desk.
Sun., July 14, 2019
While Spokane County bans camping on public land, Valley leaders fear legal issues if they attempt the same
Camping on public land is now illegal in both the City of Spokane and Spokane County, but Spokane Valley leaders worry they won’t be able to enforce a camping law …
Thu., June 27, 2019
Secretary in Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office resigns amid accusations that she illegally recorded co-workers
A secretary with the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office resigned this month amid a criminal investigation that alleges she illegally recorded her co-workers discussing sensitive information multiple times.
UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019
Baumgartner and French disagree on pay raises for some Spokane County leaders; commissioners will receive 3 percent raises this year and next
Spokane County commissioners will receive a 6 percent raise divided over two years, an independent citizen salary commission decided last week.
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: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019
Civic leaders asked the Spokane County commissioners for $3,500 to complete the road to Mt. Spokane.
Thu., Jan. 3, 2019
“The goal is to have something concrete, defined, this year,” said French, who also chairs the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council and its facilities committee. “This can has been …
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018
Spokane County Commissioners expected to rehire heads of public defender’s office, counsel for defense
Spokane County commissioners will decide Tuesday whether to rehire two men tasked with leading the county’s defense for indigent defendants.
Tue., Nov. 27, 2018
Spokane County commissioners will decide on Tuesday whether to take a one percent property tax increase that could help fund basic county services, road construction and property acquisitions for the …
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 …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018
Both candidates for Spokane County treasurer have lots of experience. But they differ on the kind of experience that’s better suited for the job and how to use that experience.
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018
The race for county commissioner between Rob Chase and Mary Kuney mirrors a split in the Spokane County Republican Party between more traditional Republicans who have lined up behind Kuney …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018
Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to …
UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018
The chairwoman of the Spokane County Republican Party offered a defense of James Allsup during a meeting of local conservatives this month, claiming the 22-year-old alt-right provocateur – whose views …
UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018
Spokane County has hired a new criminal justice administrator to oversee reforms aimed at reducing the county’s jail population and racial disparities. Data from the reform effort so far makes …
Sun., May 20, 2018
Shawn Vestal: Between officials and reformers, a growing rift in efforts to improve Spokane’s criminal justice system
We have plenty to be proud of in the city’s push towards a fairer criminal justice system. But two years after receiving an award from the MacArthur Foundation, a significant …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018
Down one colleague because of budget cuts, Spokane County District Court judges are picking up the slack
After Judge Gregory Tripp retired, the Spokane County District Court effectively gave up most of the money that would have gone toward his 2018 salary and benefits.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018
Spokane County has a new app for those seeking county resources and up-to-date information on their smartphones, tablets and other devices.
Tue., Jan. 30, 2018
The bill would take effect in 2022 and would add two members to the Spokane County Commission. It’s received bipartisan support in Olympia and the city of Spokane, but current …
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: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017
Sheriff George L. Reid declared that two county commissioners played a “most contemptible trick” on him. They asked him to go along with them on a tour of warehouses where …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017
A jury heard opening statements Monday in a civil case against Spokane County brought by the family of an 84-year-old man who froze to death in a snowstorm nearly a …
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. 26, 2017
John Guarisco is a marketing consultant who has never held or campaigned for elected office, and his political leanings aren’t as well known as those of Mary Kuney and Rob …
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.
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.
Wed., Aug. 23, 2017
Spokane County plans to hire three new corrections officers and jail more federal prisoners to help fix a $10 million budget shortfall.