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Washington Board of Health closes Spokane Health District administrator complaint

Rebecca White/SPR

The Washington State Board of Health has resolved the case against the outgoing administrator of the Spokane Regional Health District.

Amelia Clark was accused of illegally firing the Spokane Regional Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz near the end of 2020.

A complaint was filed with the state board of health, which passed the matter to an administrative judge. A hearing was scheduled for September, but before it occurred Clark came to an agreement with the state board health.

Clark, who is leaving for a job out of state when her contract expires in September, agreed that she will not accept a job leading Spokane’s health district again.

The Board of Health dismissed her case, but Clark still faces a lawsuit from Dr. Lutz for wrongful termination. The case is ongoing and has been moved to the U.S District Court of Eastern Washington.

Rebecca White is a 2018 graduate of Edward R Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. She's been a reporter at Spokane Public Radio since February 2021. She got her start interning at her hometown paper The Dayton Chronicle and previously covered county government at The Spokesman-Review.