It wasn’t surprising news but no less sad.
Spokane Valley City Council Member Bill Bates – who hasn’t been at a meeting since fall of 2014 – sent his letter of resignation Tuesday to City Hall. His resignation becomes effective at midnight on June 14, said Acting City Manager Mark Calhoun at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
The remaining four council members now will have to appoint three council members following the resignations of Dean Grafos and Chuck Hafner in recent weeks.
Bates has not been at meeting since November 2014 due to health issues associated with cancer. In the spring of 2015, the council appointed former member Bill Gothmann to fill in for Bates for a year. That term ends June 14, and Gothmann has said he does not wish to continue in that role.
Council Member Sam Wood – who was elected last November and has never sat at the dais with Bates on the council – called him “smart and considerate.” The pair had been on the Planning Commission together before Bates’ election to council in 2013.
“I had an opportunity to work with Bill,” Wood said. “We’d have him back if we could. He was a great asset to this community.”
The council has received several applicants for appointment to the council since the departure of Grafos and Hafner, who resigned in part due to their conflicts with the council majority and the removal of former City Manager Mike Jackson.
Applicants include William Bauder, Jonathan “Caleb” Collier, Kevin Culwell, Brian DuPlanti, Theresa Griffith, Pamela Haley, Frank Hutchison, Scott Maclay, Michael Munch, Michelle Rasmussen, Patrick Stretch, Linda Thompson, Larry Wendel, David Wiyrick and former Council Member Ben Wick, whom Wood defeated in November by less than 100 votes.