Mayor Woodward Names Three Additional Appointments to Her Administration

Marlene Feist, 509.625.6505

Monday, January 13, 2020 at 3:59 p.m.

Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward today is announcing that she has made three additional appointments to senior leadership positions in her administration. The Mayor has appointed Tonya Wallace as Chief Financial Officer; Brian Coddington as Director of Communications & Marketing, and Tom Bartridge as Interim Director of Human Resources. The appointments will be forwarded to the City Council for confirmation.

“I am so pleased to announce my choices for these key positions in my administration,” says Mayor Woodward. “Their knowledge, experience, and heart for public service will complement the team that we already have in place.”

Here’s a closer look at the appointments:

  • Tonya Wallace has been serving as Chief Budget Officer at Spokane County since 2017. Previously, she worked for the City of Boise for nearly 20 years in progressively more responsible financial and strategic roles. She also worked in the banking industry.
  • Brian Coddington has been the Community Relations Director at Spokane Public Schools since July 2018. He previously served as the Director of Communications & Marketing for the City of Spokane for more than five years and came to the City from Hill & Knowlton Strategies, a national public relations firm.
  • Tom Bartridge has been serving as Mayor Woodward’s Transition Director since she was elected in November. Bartridge spent more than two decades serving in human resources roles for major companies in the Middle East, including ADNOC, Eagle Hills, Future Pipe Industries and Emaar, before returning home to Spokane recently. His experience also includes time in human resources and training for the U.S. Air Force. He will serve in an interim capacity in Human Resources to help fill additional key positions with the planned retirement of current Human Resources Director Chris Cavanaugh.

The new directors are anticipated to begin work in their new capacities at the City in February.

Earlier this week, the City Council confirmed seven department directors who had been serving in acting roles at the City. The Mayor also named Wes Crago as City Administrator in December, and confirmed ongoing roles for a number of Division Directors who were already serving the City.