Amelia Clark

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Former Spokane Regional Health District officer Dr. Bob Lutz may take his former employer to court over his 2020 dismissal.

Lutz submitted an administrative claim against SRHD that was made public Wednesday. The 40-page document alleges wrongful termination in violation of federal and state law, and defamation.

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The Washington Board of Health says it will hold a hearing as it decides whether to take action after the removal of former Spokane Regional Health District Health Officer Bob Lutz.

Spokane Regional Health District

A preliminary Washington Board of Health investigation released Tuesday found that Spokane Regional Health District Administrator Amelia Clark likely violated state law when she removed Dr. Bob Lutz from his role as health officer.

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The Spokane Regional Board of Health agreed to settle with a former employee for a little more than $300,000 Tuesday, if he agreed to drop a lawsuit against the district.

Kyle Unland was the Spokane Regional Health District’s director of health promotion, until his job was eliminated by the district last February.

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State Health Board To Investigate Lutz Firing

Nov 9, 2020
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The Washington state Board of Health on Monday agreed to open an investigation into last week’s firing of Bob Lutz as Spokane County Health Officer.

Board executive director Michelle Davis says at least two complaints were filed by Spokane residents.

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Thursday evening’s firing of Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz brought an immediate response from Lutz supporters.

That includes the union that represents more than 120 Spokane Regional Health District employees. It issued a statement of no-confidence in Administrative Officer Amelia Clark.

“It’s not just about Dr. Lutz at this point," said health district epidemiologist Erin Whitehead, a member of the union.

Screenshot from Spokane County Health Board meeting

 

The Spokane County health board has fired Health Officer Bob Lutz, the man who has been the face of the county’s battle against the coronavirus since March.

The eight-to-four vote came after a four-hour proceeding, during which Adminstrative Officer Amelia Clark listed a detailed list of actions that she says warranted Lutz’s removal.

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The Spokane County Board of Health has set a Thursday, 3 pm meeting to discuss the status of Health Officer Bob Lutz.

The meeting agenda includes several items, including opportunities for Administrative Officer Amelia Clark and Lutz to make presentations (half-hour each). It also lists three "potential action items," including the removal of Lutz as health officer and a replacement for that position.

Former Spokane Health Officer Says He Was Fired

Nov 2, 2020
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Former Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz has issued a second statement (see full version below), rebutting some statements made by the Spokane Regional Health District.

Lutz is the Spokane County health officer whose employment is in limbo after the district’s administrative officer told her health board she wants to remove him from his job.

 

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Bob Lutz’s future is in doubt as health officer for the Spokane Regional Health District. The district’s administrative officer has asked him to resign, citing only vague reasons related to job performance.

But Lutz has supporters and many of them showed up at a Sunday afternoon rally outside the health district building.

Spokane Regional Health District

Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz released a statement on Saturday saying he has not resigned and has hired attorney Bryce Wilcox to represent him.

What People Are Saying About SRHD/Lutz Situation

Oct 30, 2020
Washington State Medical Association

A wide variety of interests have weighed in on news that the head of the Spokane Regional Health District has asked Health Officer Bob Lutz to resign.

Spokane Health Organizations Announce Leadership Changes

Aug 13, 2019

Two Spokane-based health organizations announced leadership changes Tuesday.

The Spokane Regional Health District announced the hiring of Amelia Clark as the organization’s new administrative officer.