Read the 2023 Amended State Legislative Agenda here
Read the 2023 Approved Federal Legislative Agenda here
Contact Councilmembers at
10210 E. Sprague Avenue
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
FAX: (509) 720-5075
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Councilmember Rod Higgins - (position 1)
Councilmember Brandi Peetz – (position 2)
Councilmember Arne Woodard – (position 3)
Councilmember Ben Wick – (position 4)
Councilmember Pam Haley
– (position 5)
Councilmember Tim Hattenburg – (position 6)
Councilmember Laura Padden– (position 7)
Form of Government
The City of Spokane Valley, incorporated March 31, 2003, is a non-charter code city and operates under a Council-Manager plan of government. It is governed under the optional municipal code of RCW Chapter 35A. Under this form of government, legislative authority is concentrated in the elected City Council, which hires a professional administrator to implement its policies. The executive branch is led by the City Manager. Read more in the Spokane Valley Governance Manual.
The seven City Council positions are at-large. Councilmembers are generally elected to four-year terms, with elections held every two years. For continuity, position terms are staggered by two years to ensure all positions are not open for election at the same time.
As a result of the work of the Spokane Valley Independent Salary Commission, as documented in their final report, the monthly salary of the mayor is $2,250 and the monthly salary of each councilmember is $1,800 effective April 19, 2022.
Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor
Biennially at the first meeting of the new council, the members choose a chair from among their fellow councilmembers. The chair of the council shall have the title of mayor and will preside at meetings of the council. The mayor is a regular member of the City Council and as such has all the rights, privileges, and immunities of any other member of the council. The mayor is recognized as the head of the city for ceremonial purposes and by the governor for purposes of military law and has no regular administrative duties. Also biennially at the first meeting of a new council, the members by majority vote, may designate a fellow councilmember as deputy mayor to serve in the absence or temporary disability of the mayor.
Regular meetings of the council are held at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. The second and fourth Tuesdays are the more formal meeting format while the first, third and fifth Tuesdays are generally a study session, which is a less formal format. Opportunity for general public comment is available at all regular meetings, and comments are also permitted after most action items unless otherwise noted. All meetings are open to the public. Council meetings are generally held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 10210 E Sprague Avenue. However, due to the work being done in and around the Council Chambers, effective with the April, 4, 2023 meeting and until further notice, meetings will be held at CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N Discovery Place in Spokane Valley. Watch for future notices, including mention on upcoming agendas, of the changed meeting place.
Agendas and minutes, including background materials, are generally available on the City's website by 5 p.m. the Friday before each meeting. Subscribe to notices of upcoming Council meeting agendas here...
Council meetings air live on Xfinity (Comcast) Channel 14 Live and our SVTV WebChannel, where you can also view archived meetings.
Directions to City Hall
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: Individuals planning to attend meetings who require special assistance to accommodate physical, hearing or other impairments may contact the City Clerk at 509-720-5102 as soon as possible so arrangements may be made.
Spokane Valley councilmembers and community members are involved in a number of area boards and committees to remain active in issues facing our region. If you are interested in serving on a committee, contact City Clerk Chris Bainbridge, (509) 720-5102, or email@example.com
For questions concerning council meetings, agendas, or council procedure, contact Chris Bainbridge, City Clerk,
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (509) 720-5102. Fax: (509) 720-5075