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Spokane Valley City Council pauses push for new utility tax

Businesses and residents angered by a proposed utility tax spent the weekend pressuring Spokane Valley City Council members to reconsider the new tax. Their efforts worked.


Spokane Valley City Council names Mark Calhoun city manager in unanimous vote

For a secret mission it had an anticlimactic outcome: the Spokane Valley City Council unanimously appointed acting city manager Mark Calhoun its new city manager Tuesday evening, putting an end …


Secrecy in hiring process for Spokane Valley city manager breaks from regional norms

Spokane Valley may hire a new city manager Tuesday evening, but the city council is keeping secret the names of the final three candidates - as well as their interviews …


Some question if Spokane Valley business group crosses political line

Recent ads purchased by the Spokane Valley Business Association have raised some eyebrows. The ads, which ran in the Valley Voice, criticize some City Council members for overspending on the …


Munch appointed to vacant council seat

The three contenders for the last open seat on the Spokane Valley City Council had to sit through two rounds of voting before a winner was declared.


Three interviewed for open Valley council seat

Three candidates are interviewed for a vacant seat on Spokane Valley City Council.


Council narrows applicant field to 3

The Spokane Valley City Council picked three applicants to interview for the last open seat on the council. The selection procedure Tuesday evening was quick without any discussion of the …


Valley to use consultant to find new city manager

John Whitehead, director of human resources for Spokane Valley, said a recruiter tends to have a broader network to pull from and is the most common method for hiring city …


Council interviews six for open seats

The candidates have very different resumes, but all supported the same policies: no budget increases, keep taxes low and focus on growing a strong tax base by retaining and recruiting …


Six complaints lodged against Spokane Valley City Council

The state auditor’s office confirmed it has received six complaints about how the Spokane Valley City Council handled the firing of former city manager Mike Jackson and other City Council …


Spokane Valley council names finalists for two council seats

The Spokane Valley City Council picks six candidates for two open council seats


Shawn Vestal: Spokane Valley City Council needs to skin their cats in public

Could someone get the Spokane Valley City Council a copy of the state Open Meetings law?


New items on Valley council’s agenda may show future path

Tuesday evening, a bunch of upcoming agenda items were introduced at the Spokane Valley City Council meeting, perhaps providing a glimpse of the future.


Spokane Valley councilman on extended sick leave resigns

A Spokane Valley Councilman on extended sick for the past 18 months has resigned his post. The move – following the abrupt resignations this spring of two other councilmen – …


Calhoun now Valley’s acting city manager

Deputy City Manager Mark Calhoun was promoted to acting city manager at the Spokane Valley City Council meeting Tuesday night.


Valley City Council accepts Meridian’s bid for city hall project

The Spokane Valley City Council picked the lowest big for construction of the new city hall by Meridian Construction Inc.


Vocal Point: Spokane Valley City Council’s new direction should concern citizens

Hush money. That is what you call the $411,115 paid by the city of Spokane Valley to former City Manager Mike Jackson to go silently into the night.


Spokane Valley councilman wants to slash $2 million from sheriff’s contract

Spokane Valley Councilman Ed Pace wants to cut Sheriff’s contract by $2 million and let the city hire a police chief.


Doug Clark: If Spokane Valley-sized golden parachute comes with city manager job, sign me up

Doug Clark wants to be like Mike - Mike Jackson, that is. A Jackson-sized severance from the City of Spokane Valley would set Doug up nicely in retirement.


Valley council owes public an explanation

Why did the council spend more than it seemingly had to? What did the public get in exchange? What did the council get, other than an assurance of secrecy?


Spokane Valley city manager’s severance three times what his contract stipulated

Those who left Spokane Valley City Hall Tuesday night with a bit of sticker shock and lots of questions about the $411,000 severance package granted dismissed city manager Mike Jackson …


Doug Clark: Incorporation brings Spokane Valley big-city woes

Looks like the backers of Spokane Valley incorporation got what they wanted - a dysfunctional government.


Gothmann to leave Spokane Valley council

Bill Gothmann’s term on the Spokane Valley City Council ends in June, and he’s not interested in an extension. “I think it’s time for me to return to retirement,” Gothmann …


Spokane Valley leaders say they want to stick with sheriff contract for policing

Spokane Valley’s mayor stood with Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich Friday to declare that the city won’t set up its own police department, despite persistent rumors to the contrary. Joining …


Spokane County sells gravel pit, former SCRAPS animal shelter

Spokane County will receive nearly $400,000 in cash and 20,000 tons worth of gravel in a deal to sell a former gravel site to Central Pre-Mix as it moves its …


Editorial: Valley council takes ugly turn

The Spokane Valley City Council majority’s firing of the city manager is the latest example of how collaborative decision-making has been replaced with political agendas.


‘Urgent’ letter brought forth with no advance notice sets off council debate

Small Spokane Valley Carnhope Irrigation District set to possibly benefit from easier water rights regulations and CDBG grant.


City Manager Mike Jackson asked to resign by Spokane Valley council

Spokane Valley Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard’s announcement that City Manager Mike Jackson had been asked to resign “in the best interest of the city” was met with a loud boo …


Spokane Valley councilman asks fellow members to follow rules of governance

Chuck Hafner called on his fellow Spokane Valley City Council members to follow the governance manual at Tuesday’s meeeting.


Restroom rules to be deliberated in Spokane Valley Tuesday

Spokane Valley City Council to discuss gender preference bathroom access