Spokane Valley City Council members took advantage of a short study session agenda Tuesday to choose five applicants to interview in order to find a replacement for departed Council Member Brenda Grassel.
Nine applicants in all met last Friday’s deadline in order to be considered. Five, however, were nominated and received enough council votes to be interviewed.
- Kevin Anderson, a retired manufacturing manager and member of the Planning Commission.
- Amy Biviano, an accountant who ran an unsuccessful campaign to unseat 4th District Rep. Matt Shea in the state Legislature.
- Lewis Higgins, a former City Council candidate and current member of the Planning Commission.
- Linda Thompson, director of the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council.
- Sam Wood, a real estate appraiser.
Council Member Dean Grafos nominated Higgins. Council Member Arne Woodard nominated Wood and Anderson. Council Member Ben Wick had his nomination of Thompson supported, but not his nominations of Hall and Gibbs.
Biviano’s initial nomination by Deputy Mayor Gary Schimmels did not receive a second by another council member initially. However, Council Member Chuck Hafner then chose to nominate her, with a second given by Schimmels.
Applying, but not receiving interviews, are Russ Hall, Jonathan Gibbs, Mick Jackson and Paul Rieckers. Hall is a former member of the Planning Commission, Gibbs and Jackson have backgrounds in computer software, and Rieckers is a technical writer.
“I’d like to thank all that applied,” Woodard said, encouraging those not chosen for interviews to remain involved. “We need all of you to help.”
Grassel ended her three-year stint on the council Dec. 31 after she and her family moved outside of the city. The five candidates who were picked will be interviewed during the Jan. 29 council meeting, and a final selection is expected to be made on Feb. 5.
The person chosen will serve until the results of the November 2013 general election are certified.