Safe & Healthy

Create a compassionate community so that all people can feel safe, empowered, and welcome.

2-Year Action Plan

  • PRIORITY: Develop integrated emergency response
  • Increase and embrace diversity

6-Year Plan

  • Advance public safety through criminal justice reform
  • Reduce homelessness and protect vulnerable populations
  • Beautify Spokane through citywide clean and safe


Under the Safe and Healthy initiative, City staff have worked with regional partners to assess and evaluate important advancements including the integration of 9-1-1 and dispatch services. They've also worked to improve public safety response to vulnerable populations and provide them with follow-up services that reduce visits to the emergency room while increasing the level of care for the individual. Criminal justice reform efforts also are proceeding regionwide and an additional major grant has been received to continue this work. These public safety responses also are paired with improved maintenance of public space and standards for quality housing.

Contact Information

Safe and Healthy
Chair: Councilmember Lori Kinnear
Vice-Chair: Councilmember Karen Stratton
Administrative Lead: City Administrator Theresa Sanders

Urban Experience
Chair: Council President Ben Stuckart
Vice-Chair: Councilmember Karen Stratton
Administrative Lead: Chief Financial Officer Gavin Cooley

Innovative Infrastructure
Chair: Councilmember Breean Beggs
Vice-Chair: Councilmember Mike Fagan
Administrative Lead: Scott Simmons, Public Works Director

Sustainable Resources
Chair: Councilmember Candace Mumm
Vice-Chair: Councilmember Kate Burke
Administrative Lead: Chief Financial Officer Gavin Cooley