Spokane Health Board Asks Health Officer Lutz To Resign

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Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz has been asked by the county health board to resign.
Credit Spokane Regional Health District

The Spokane Regional Health District's administrative officer has reportedly asked Health Officer Bob Lutz to resign.

A press release from the health district says the health board met in executive session on Thursday to discuss Lutz's status with the district. The release says the board asked Lutz to resign, effective today, but multiple media outlets are reporting that it was, in fact, Administrative Officer Amelia Clark that made the request.

The district has scheduled an 11 am virtual news conference to discuss the issue.

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Lutz has been health officer since 2008. He has led the district's response to the coronavirus pandemic. The number of cases over the last few weeks has rivaled the peak of the pandemic in the mid-summer.

Some in the community, including the county commissioners, have seemed impatient with that response. In June, while the numbers of confirmed cases were in the low double digits, the commissioners wrote a letter, requesting the health district petition the state Health Department to start the process of moving Spokane County from phase 2 to phase 3 of the state's coronavirus protocol. A few weeks later, the county's numbers began to increase and the idea seemed to fade. Meanwhile, Governor Jay Inslee has, for the most part, paused the process of advancing counties through the protocol.