The seven City Council positions are at-large. Councilmembers are generally elected to four-year terms, with elections held every two years. For continuity, position terms are staggered by two years to ensure all positions are not open for election at the same time.
Contact a Council Member
- Council Position 1: Rod Higgins
- Council Position 2: Jessica Yaeger
- Council Position 3: Al Merkel
- Council Position 4: Ben Wick
- Council Position 5: Pam Haley
- Council Position 6: Tim Hattenburg
- Council Position 7: Laura Padden
Spokane Valley Form of Government
The City of Spokane Valley, incorporated March 31, 2003, is a non-charter code city and operates under a Council-manager plan of government. It is governed under the optional municipal code of RCW Chapter 35A. Under this form of government, legislative authority is concentrated in the elected City Council, which hires a professional administrator to implement its policies. The executive branch is led by the city manager. Read more in the Spokane Valley Governance Manual.
As a result of the work of the Spokane Valley Independent Salary Commission, as documented in their final report, the monthly salary of the Mayor is $2,250, and the monthly salary of each Councilmember is $1,800, effective April 19, 2022.
Election of Mayor & Deputy Mayor
Biennially at the first meeting of the new Council, the members choose a chair from among their fellow Councilmembers. The chair of the Council shall have the title of Mayor and preside at meetings of the Council. The Mayor is a regular member of the City Council and as such, has all the rights, privileges, and immunities of any other member.
The Mayor is recognized as the head of the City for ceremonial purposes and by the Governor for purposes of military law and has no regular administrative duties. Also, biennially, at the first meeting of a new Council, the members, by majority vote, may designate a fellow Councilmember as Deputy Mayor to serve in the absence or temporary disability of the Mayor.
Spokane Valley Councilmembers and community members are involved in a number of area commissions, committees and boards to remain active in issues facing our region. In some cases, city volunteers also serve. If you are interested in volunteer service, please view the commissions, committees and boards webpage.
City Council approved the 2024 federal and state legislative agendas on Dec. 12, 2023.
Access easily searchable meeting agendas and minutes for various boards, commissions, and committees.
City Council meetings and documents.
View public meetings of City Council, Planning Commission and other boards and commissions on this calendar.
The public may attend City Council meetings in person at the address provided on the agenda, or virtually via Zoom.
View approved Council meeting minutes in the city's archive, Laserfiche.
View full agenda packets for City Council Meetings.