One down one to go.
On Tuesday night, in a 4-1 vote, the Spokane Valley City Council agreed to appoint Arne Woodard to fill the vacancy at Position 3, which was created when Rose Dempsey resigned in January.
Woodard, a native of Spokane Valley, is a real estate broker and owner of Woodard Properties and Investment Inc. He has been a member of the city Planning Commission since 2010 and a member of various community and professional organizations.
Woodard will hold the job until voters make their selection in November. He has the option of filing for election to the office in June.
Woodard was supported by four members of the “Positive Change” slate of candidates that were elected into office in November 2009, largely for their views against the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan. Woodard has expressed similar concerns over SARP, which is expected to be deleted from the comprehensive plan in coming weeks.
Bill Gothmann was alone in his support for Ben Wick, an information technology specialist, to the council. Steven Neill and Jennie Willardson, two other finalists, were nominated but received no votes in support by council members.
“I want to thank every applicant who put in an application,” said Mayor Tom Towey. “It was a real tough decision. We had good candidates and good interviews.”
Now that the business of filling Dempsey’s vacancy is out of the way, the City Council can now concentrate on getting up to a full complement of seven members. Bob McCaslin served on the council from 2010 up to the time of his death on March 13.
The appointee, as in Woodard’s case, will have to run for office in November. The voter’s choice will then retain the seat until the end of 2013.
Those eligible to apply must be residents of Spokane Valley who have lived within the city limits for at least one year and are registered to vote.
Applications can be found on the city’s Web site at www.spokanevalley.org, at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague, or by calling 720-5102.
Candidates who applied for Dempsey’s post but didn’t get chosen may apply for McCaslin’s vacant seat. They don’t need to send in another application, however they must provide a written and signed notification of their interest to the city clerk no later than Tuesday, April 19, at 4 p.m.
Applications will not be accepted by e-mail or fax.
The City Council plans to review the applications and then select the applicants to be interviewed on April 26. On May 10, the candidates will be interviewed in open session with a final appointment slated for May 17.