Eighteen applied for and were interviewed Wednesday for consideration to fill a temporary vacancy on Spokane Valley's City Council.
The council is planning on making its choice next Monday.
The applicants were interviewed separately over the course of five hours after this issue of the News Herald went to press. Those applying include one of the city's former mayors, a former council member and a former planning commissioner. Applications were sought to temporarily fill the position currently held by Council Member Bill Bates, who is on an extended excused absence for health-related reasons.
Applications were initially reviewed by the council in a closed executive session June 2. During the open public meeting later that evening it was determined that all 18 applicants would be interviewed in an open special council meeting June 10.
It was initially planned to have a special meeting June 17 to make a selection, but it has been rescheduled for Monday at 5 p.m. in the council chambers. The council will immediately adjourn into a closed executive session to discuss qualifications of the applicants. It's expected that the council will reconvene to make its choice.
- Gary Dean Babcock, a retired truck driver
- Fred Beaulac, a general manager for a trucking firm and former Spokane Valley planning commissioner
- Brand Bersante, a building engineer
- Stewart Anthony Bowmer, a framer
- Julia Jean Brown, a student
- Kay Bryant, a human resources director
- Bill Gothmann, a retired digital engineer and professor; and a former Spokane Valley council member
- Timothy Ray Hattenburg, a retired teacher
- Frank Lektorich, a former small business owner
- Robert Dale Lonn
- Martin F. Muench, a former senior deputy prosecutor
- Talia Alberte Noyes-Brestar, a membership coordinator
- Donna Marie O'Leary, a housewife and precinct committee officer
- Kristopher Kevin Pockell, a machinist
- Robert (Bob) Jay Race, a transportation dispatch manager
- Janna Kay Rohrer-Brown, a drug and alcohol therapist
- David Nathan Starr, an IWP programmer
- Thomas Edward Towey, a retired grocery manager and former mayor of Spokane Valley
The appointee will serve in the position until Bates returns, the position is permanently vacated or for one year, whichever occurs first.
Community members are encouraged to attend the June 15 meeting. The council chambers are located in Suite 101 of Spokane Valley City Hall at 11707 E. Sprague Ave.