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Embattled SRHD administrative officer to leave her job

SCOTT MARTINEZ

Amelia Clark has informed the health district she will not seek to renew her contract.

Amelia Clark, the woman who has been the administrative head of Spokane’s public health district, will leave the organization later this year.

The district announced Wednesday that Clark will take a job out of the state when her contract expires in September.

Clark was hired in 2019. A little more than a year later, she fired then-health officer Bob Lutz. The circumstances surrounding Lutz’s firing and whether it was it carried out legally generated public criticism and formed the core of the lawsuit Lutz filed against Clark and the health district last year.

The Washington Board of Health is still investigating the firing. A preliminary probe a year ago found evidence Clark may have violated state law. A formal hearing before a judge has been repeatedly delayed.

Brandon Hollingsworth is your All Things Considered host. He has served public radio audiences for nearly twenty years, primarily in reporting, hosting and interviewing. His previous ports-of-call were WUOT-FM in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Alabama Public Radio. His work has been heard nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here and Now and NPR’s top-of-the-hour newscasts.