Spokane Valley City Council

Council Member Profiles

Dean Grafos, Mayor
(Position 2)
Council term: 2012 - 2015
Contact Information:
Phone: (509) 720-5064
FAX: (509) 688-0194 
dgrafos@spokanevalley.org
Mailing address:
11707 E. Sprague Av, Ste 106
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
  Dean Grafos is a local business owner, developer/builder and real estate broker who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University. A resident of Spokane Valley for more than forty years, Grafos is active in his church and the community. He joined the City Council in 2009 when he was was elected to complete a vacated term, and was re-elected to serve a four year term from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015. He was selected by his fellow Councilmembers to serve as Mayor from 2014 through 2015.
Arne Woodard, Deputy Mayor
(Position 3)
Council Term: 2012 - 2015
Contact Information:
Phone: (509) 720-5062
FAX: (509) 688-0194
awoodard@spokanevalley.org
Mailing address:
11707 E. Sprague Av, Ste 106
Spokane Valley, WA 99206

 

A Spokane Valley native, Arne Woodard is a real estate broker and owner of Woodard Properties and Investment, Inc. Actively involved in numerous community and professional organizations, he also served on the Spokane Valley Planning Commission from 2010 until his appointment to the City Council in April of 2011 to serve as interim Councilmember in a vacated seat. In November of 2011, Woodard was elected to serve a four year term on the City Council from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015. He was selected by his fellow Councilmembers to serve as Deputy Mayor for 2014 through 2015.
Rod Higgins
(Position 1)
Council term: 2014-2017
Contact Information:
Phone: (509) 720-5066
FAX: (509) 688-0194
rod.higgins@spokanevalley.org
Mailing address:
11707 E. Sprague Av, Ste 106
Spokane Valley, WA 99206

 

Rod Higgins joined the City Council February 5, 2013 when he was appointed to complete a vacated term. In November of 2013 he was elected to the position for a four year term from 2014 through 2017. A retired director of the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals, Higgins holds a B.S. Degree in Finance from the University of Idaho. In addition to involvement in a number of community and professional organizations, he served as a City of Spokane Valley Planning Commissioner from January of 2012 until his appointment to the Council in February of 2013.

 Ed Pace
(Position 4)
Council term: 2014-2017
Contact Information:
Phone: (509) 720-5065
FAX: (509) 688-0194 
Ed.Pace@spokanevalley.org
Mailing address:
11707 E. Sprague Av, Ste 106
Spokane Valley, WA 99206

 

 Ed Pace was elected in November of 2013 to serve a four year term on the Spokane Valley City Council from 2014 through 2017.  A retired Lutheran pastor who has lived in Spokane Valley since 1981, Pace holds a BA in English from Eastern Washington University and a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH.  A Vietnam Veteran, he served for 7 years in the U.S. Army.  His experience also includes 24 years with Hewlett Packard.

Charles E. "Chuck" Hafner
(Position 5)
Council term: 2014-2017
Contact Information:
Phone: (509) 720-5061
FAX: (509) 688-0194
chafner@spokanevalley.org
Mailing address:
11707 E. Sprague Av, Ste 106
Spokane Valley, WA 99206

 

Chuck 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 a vacancy on the Council, and subsequently won a four year term from 2014 through 2017. A retired school administrator/consultant/
businessman, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education/Business and a Master of Arts degree in Administration and Guidance from Eastern Washington University, as well as additional graduate supplemental courses. In addition to owning a small business as a licensed independent contractor, Hafner has served as an officer, board member, and active member in numerous community organizations.                       

Ben Wick
(Position 6)
Council term:  2012 - 2015
Contact Information:
Phone: (509) 720-5063
FAX: (509) 688-0194
bwick@spokanevalley.org
Mailing address:
11707 E. Sprague Av, Ste 106
Spokane Valley, WA 99206

 

Ben Wick was elected in November of 2011 to serve a four year term as a Councilmember from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015.  An IT Administrator, Wick holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Eastern Washington University.  He is a Spokane Valley native who was actively involved in the effort to incorporate the City of Spokane Valley, and remains active in many community efforts and organizations. 
Bill Bates
(Position 7)
Council term: 2014-2017
Contact Information:
Phone: (509) 720-5060
FAX: (509) 688-0194
Bill.Bates@spokanevalley.org
Mailing address:
11707 E. Sprague Av, Ste 106
Spokane Valley, WA 99206

 

Bill Bates joined the Spokane Valley City Council in 2014 to serve a four year term through 2017. A 47-year resident of Spokane Valley, Bates spent most of his career in retail grocery management with Rosauers.  He is a U.S. Navy Veteran who graduated from West Valley High School and has completed undergraduate courses at Whitworth University.  Prior to his election to the Council, he served on the Spokane Valley Planning Commission from 2011 through 2013, including a year as Chair of the Commission.  
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