After more than 40 years as a senior executive at Spokane County Chief Executive Officer Marshall Farnell plans to retire later this year.
Recruitment is underway and the position is being advertised in national, state and local publications, said Martha Lou Wheatley-Billeter, county spokeswoman.
The Board of County Commissioners has established a Review Committee of seven private individuals. Human resources will initially review applications to insure they are complete. All applications will then be sent to the county commissioners and the Review Committee, with a recommendation of the top 10 applicants as identified by a separate committee composed of Farnell, Chief Operations Officer John Dickson, Chief Budget Officer Bob Wrigley and Human Resources Director Cathy Malzahn.
Recruitment will remain open until the Review Committee begins to interview the top applicants in March/April. The Review Committee will rank and recommend the top candidates to the BoCC. The county commissioners will schedule interviews with the top candidates that will be open to the public.
Farnell has agreed to continue in the position of CEO throughout the process including a transition period for the new CEO to become more familiar with Spokane County’s elected officials, administration, employees and community partners.
At Tuesday’s CEO Briefing, 2015 Board Chair Todd Mielke praised Farnell for his leadership.
“Marshall’s historical perspective and connections throughout the region have helped guide Spokane County through some challenging times,” Mielke said. “He will certainly be missed and we wish him great happiness in retirement.”
Commissioner Al French added, “He leaves an enviable legacy that makes Spokane County a better place for all of us.”
Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn echoed that sentiment saying, “The breadth and depth of Marshall’s experience and knowledge was critical to many of the county’s successes.”