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Council Seeks Applications To Fill Vacancy

Giacobbe Byrd, City Council Office Director, 509.625.6715


Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 8:39 a.m.


The recent election of Council Member Betsy Wilkerson to City Council President has created a vacancy on the City Council, representing District 2, Position 2.

Council Rules and Procedures and Section 8 of the City Charter outline the process that will be used to fill the resulting vacancy. The City Council will appoint a replacement with the following timeline:

  1. December 8, 2023: opening of the application period. Applications will be available on the City’s website, the City Council offices (7th Floor, City Hall), and at the MySpokane service desk (1st Floor, City Hall).
  2. January 5, 2024: applications for appointment to the vacant Council position must be received by the City Clerk’s office no later than 5:00 p.m.
  3. The City Council intends to conduct interviews of applicants on Thursday, January 18, 2024. All interviews shall be conducted by the entire City Council during a publicly-noticed Council meeting and shall be open to the public.
  4. The City Council may hold an executive session for the purpose of evaluating the qualifications for potential appointees to elective office, pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(h) and Council Rule of Procedure 10.1, on January 18, 2023.
  5. The City Council intends to vote, in open session, to fill the Council vacancy on January 22, 2024.

Applicants for this Council seat must have lived in City Council District 2 since at least January 22, 2023.

The individual appointed to this Council seat would serve until November of 2025 when the election for this position has been certified by the Spokane County Elections Office following the November 4, 2025 general municipal election.

Applications and submission instructions can be found here: https://my.spokanecity.org/citycouncil/members/vacancy/

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