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The Spokane City Council is made up of seven members serving four year terms. There is one at large member who serves as president while three districts are represented by two members each.
The current mayor of Spokane is David Condon. His current term is 2012-2015.
- Condon will earn $100,000 in 2012 after saying he would cap it at $100,000 for the first year during his campaign. The Spokane City Charter was changed in 1999 so that the mayor's salary would be at least equal to that of the highest salary in the city. The past two mayors in Spokane have declined a portion of their salary. Previous Mayor Mary Venner capped her salary at $100,000, but asked the city for back pay on the money she declined after she left office. The request was denied.
- Firing of City Attorney
- Mayor Condon fired Spokane City Attorney Howard Delaney for his handling of the Otto Zehm case and his department's decision to rehire and give back pay to a police officer fired for an off-duty drunken driving and hit-and-run incident.
- Re-election Campaign
- As of June of 2012, Condon has already raised $25,000 while spending $10,000 after being in office since December 30, 2011.
In 2011, there were 190 employees (roughly 10% of city work force) who earned over $100,00 a year according to City Budget Director Tim Dunivant.
The following table outlines the top 10 gross salary for 2010:
|Dan Brown||Fire Battalion Chief||$189,573||$49,977|
|Steve Sabo||Fire Battalion Chief||$181,490||$51,868|
|Robert Green||Fire Battalion Chief||$175,289||$41,449|
|Joel Fielder||Fire Battalion Chief||$173,713||$38,688|
|Craig Cornelius||Fire Battalion Chief||$173,138||$42,644|
|Anne Kirkpatrick||Police Chief||$172,796||$0|
|Bruce Moline||Fire Battalion Chief||$171,754||$44,644|
|Bobby Williams||Fire Chief||$168,708||$0|
|Jim Nicks||Assistant Police Chief||$162,372||$0|
|David Haworth||Fire Battalion Chief||$160,651||$40,978|
Employees of the City of Spokane take part in the Spokane Employees' Retirement System.
The 2012 budget totals $622.5 million. Mayor Condon has told city departments that they should not expect more money compared to the 2012 budget. The Spokane Parks department will see its funding decrease from $18.3 million to $17.6 million. The cuts will lead to decreased pool hours, decreased funding for senior and youth centers, and the loss of jobs for four city employees.
According to OpenSecrets.org, Spokane spent $10,000 on lobbying in 2012.
|Year||Amount Spent on Lobbying|
Taxes imposed by the city include property, admissions, gambling, and utility taxes.
- Census, Spokane Quick Facts
- Public Records
- City Council
- Spokeman-Review, Condon to keep salary at $100K for 2012, February 3, 2012
- Spokeman-Review, Spokane Mayor Condon fires City Attorney Delaney, March 1, 2012
- Spokeman-Review,Mayor raising funds for re-election plans for the 2015 election, June 24, 2012
- Spokeman-Review, Condon’s criticism of public salaries could backfire, June 3, 2011
- Spokesman-Review, Fire chiefs reject concession, January 9, 2011
- Spokesman-Review, Pool hours cut under 2013 Spokane parks budget, June 26, 2012
- OpenSecrets.org, City of Spokane, WA