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Spokane Valley swears in three City Council members
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Spokane Valley swears in three City Council members

From the City of Spokane Valley:

In a brief ceremony on Monday, December 30, incumbents Chuck Hafner and Rod Higgins, along with newly-elected Bill Bates, took the oath of office as Spokane Valley City Council members. Each will serve a four-year term from 2014 through 2017.

Hafner and Higgins were sworn in by City Clerk Chris Bainbridge. Bates was sworn in by his half-brother, Tom Towey, who has served as Spokane Valley's mayor for the last four years and did not run for reelection.

Hafner has served on the City Council since May of 2011 when he was appointed to an interim term filling a vacant seat. In November of 2011, he was elected to complete the vacated term through 2013, and was subsequently re-elected in November of 2013 to a new four-year term in position 5 on the Council.

Higgins also joined the Council by appointment in February of 2013 when he was selected to complete a vacated term on the Council. From 2012 until his appointment, he had served on the City's Planning Commission. He won a four-year term in position 1 as a result of last November's election.

Bates is new to the City Council after having served as the Chair of the Planning Commission since 2011. He will serve a four year term from 2014 through 2017 as well.

Ed Pace, who is also new to the City Council, will be sworn in at 5:45pm on Tuesday, January 7, just prior to the first Council meeting of the new year.

That is also the meeting at which Councilmembers will select the new mayor from among the sitting Council members. Community members are welcome to attend the meeting, which starts at 6:00pm in Council Chambers, Suite 101 at Spokane Valley City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague Avenue.


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