A familiar face has returned to fill a temporary vacancy on the Spokane Valley City Council.
On Monday, the remaining council members voted to appoint Gothmann – who served on the council from January 2006 to December 2011 – to serve in the interim as Council Member Bill Bates recovers from illness during an extended excused absence. Gothmann will remain in the position for one year or until Bates returns, whichever comes first.
Gothmann was chosen for his experience over 17 others, including former Mayor Tom Towey – who is also looking for a comeback to the council in the fall election over incumbent Arne Woodard.
Gothmann was sworn in Monday and joined the rest of the council for a day-long budget workshop at City Hall on Tuesday.
At the time Gothmann left the council in 2011, Towey said, “Whenever we were looking for stats or background on an issue, Bill was the one we went to…he really does his homework.”
Prior to his departure, Gothmann had said he felt “marginalized” and often found himself at odds with Towey, current Mayor Dean Grafos and other council members elected a year earlier as part of the “Positive Change” effort.
Gothmann – a retired digital engineer – also served a stint on the Planning Commission from 2003 to 2005. He is also a professor emeritus from eastern Washington University, where he served as chairman of the Department of Technology and as an associate professor.
Gothmann also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Gonzaga University, a Master of Arts degree in teaching from Whitworth University, and a master of business arts degree from EWU.
Gothmann is also involved in civic projects such as the community celebration Valleyfest’s Cycle Celebration. He has a wife, Myrna, and three grown children.