Spokane County Commissioners

Al French


Earlier this year, Washington state lawmakers decided that counties with more than 400,000 people should have five members on county commissions.

Spokane County still has three commissioners, and now that board is planning to fight the state’s new rule.

New Spokane County Commissioner Sworn In

Sep 29, 2017
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New Spokane County Commissioner Mary Kuney was was given the oath of office Friday by her now former boss, county Auditor Vicky Dalton.

Kuney was Dalton’s chief deputy in the auditor’s office.


Washington Governor Jay Inslee will pick Spokane’s new county commissioner.

Commissioners Al French and Josh Kerns had 60 days from July 17th, the day former Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn left the board, to name a replacement. It was clear the two don’t agree on a candidate, so by state law, the decision is now up to the governor. While he’s a Democrat, he must choose from one of the Republican finalists. He has 30 days.

Spokane County Pulls Property Tax Measure from Ballot

Aug 15, 2017
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The Spokane County Commissioners announced today (Tuesday) they’re taking a property tax ballot measure off of the November ballot. The resolution would have asked taxpayers for permission to raise county property taxes by the more than 1% allowed by the state. The decision was made because the legislature has decided on its own property tax increase.

The race for Spokane County Commissioner for District One pits a current Spokane City Councilmember against a newcomer.  Incumbent Nancy McLaughlin, who was appointed to fill the seat of outgoing Commissioner Todd Mielke, did not advance in the primary.

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The race for Spokane county commissioner district number two pits the incumbent Republican Shelly O'Quinn against newcomer Andrew Biviano, a Democrat.

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Even though Spokane County voters just rejected a measure that would have expanded the county commission from three to five members, a state lawmaker has proposed a bill that makes another attempt.

Spokane county voters will have chance to decide if the county should expand its commission from three to five members. 

When the Spokane county commission was first established, there were about 50 thousand people in the county. Now, over 100 years later, the population is about half a million, but that board still has three commissioners.

Spokane county voters will have a chance to decide if the commission should be expanded to five on this Falls ballot.

Growth management proposal on Waikiki Road
Washington State Court of Appeals / http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/pdf/319415.unp.pdf

The state appeals court ruled Thursday on a development issue between county commissioners and a rural Spokane neighborhood. Part of an ongoing court-battle, this opinion sides mostly with the Growth Management Hearings Board, not the commissioners.

Spokane County’s sales and use tax, which funds the jail, expires this year. The board of county commissioners plans to renew the tax through a ballot measure, but is stuck in debate over when to introduce it. The disagreement may hinge on commissioner opinions of STA’s tax proposal, set for April.

Commissioner Shelley O’Quinn said this week she supports putting the tax on the April ballot. But colleague Al French advocated for the August ballot, citing cost reasons.