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Six interviews for two council seats set


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The Spokane Valley City Council pared down a list of 15 applicants to fill two vacant seats to a half-dozen on Tuesday night.
Those six are set to be interviewed on June 21 with the appointments made a week later.

Those not making the list include former Council Member Ben Wick and previous council candidates Linda Thompson and Scott Maclay. Wick and Thompson did not receive seconds when nominated by Council Member Bill Gothmann. Maclay was not nominated at all.

Also not moving forward are William Bauder, Kevin Culwell, Brian DuPlanti, Theresa Griffith, Patrick Stretch and Larry Wendel.
Those who will be considered are:

  • Jonathan “Caleb” Collier – Collier is a letter carrier and serves as a Republican precinct committee officer. In his application, he wrote that he is an “advocate of responsible government” and wishes to promote a “business-friendly environment.”
  • Pamela Haley – A business owner who says she is “proud of the work that has been done” by the council and that the city should “continue public-private partnerships to reduced expenses.”
  • Frank Hutchinson – A co-owner of Hutchinson Solutions, a business consultant. He is retired from the U.S. Navy and says the city needs to attract and retain strong business and improve infrastructure. “Our city government works best when as many citizens as possible can engage easily and with confidence,” he writes.
  • Michael Munch – The president of Able Construction was the former treasurer of the Stevens County Republican Party. He writes he is a “firm believer in representative government” and that he strives “to find the best balance between government intervention and freedom for individuals.”
  • Michelle Rasmussen – Rasmussen is a former city employee, working as an administrative assistant from 2008 to 2015.  She says she believes “as a citizen she has an obligation to support the stability and growth of the city.” She believes in “continued frugal budgeting” and has an interest reducing the impacts of railroad traffic.
  • David Wiyrick – A retired undersheriff and public information officer for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Wiyrick wishes the council to be “well-rounded without excessive influence of special-interest groups.” He also believes the city should review its current contract with the sheriff’s office for public safety and believes the city should make use of a “professional negotiator to assist and make suggestions to the city manager for a contract agreeable to both parties.”

Those not selected will have the opportunity to apply for a third vacancy on the council due to the resignation of Bill Bates for health reasons. Bates’ spot has been filled for the past year by Gothmann, who has said he is not interested in continuing in that role.

Application for Bates’ position are due no later than 4 p.m. Friday, July 1. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the evening of July 19, with a formal appointment scheduled for July 26.
Applications can be found at the city’s Web site, spokanevalley.org or by calling 720-5102.

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