Mayor names Whitney policy advisor

Position to improve communication with City Council

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 11:15 a.m.

Spokane Mayor David Condon has hired a policy advisor to establish more focused interactions with the City Council to evaluate how proposed local and state legislation will impact City operations.

Tyler Whitney joined the Mayor’s Office today. Whitney’s responsibilities will include facilitating policy discussions and working with the City Council’s policy advisor, Brian McClatchey.

“As a City government, we are asking tough questions and pushing for innovative solutions to issues facing our community,” Condon said. “Tyler brings great people and analytical skills that will help the Administration work with the City Council to deliver the best outcome.”

Whitney fills an open position in the Mayor’s Office. His arrival allows Gloria Ochoa-Bruck, director of multicultural affairs, to focus on racial equity and criminal justice reform issues, both growing needs. Ochoa-Bruck previously also handled government relations.

“Racial equity and criminal justice reform are important priorities that deserve greater focus in the months and years ahead,” Condon said. “This move allows us to take steps to institutionalize that work within City government.”

Whitney joins the City from the law firm of Winston Cashatt.