For immediate release
January 6, 2016
Higgins Selected to Serve as Spokane Valley Mayor
SPOKANE VALLEY, WA — At their first meeting of 2016, Spokane Valley City Councilmembers selected Rod Higgins to serve as Mayor of Spokane Valley for 2016 through 2017.Â Arne Woodard was tapped to serve a second term as Deputy Mayor through 2017.
Higgins is a retired director of the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals, and holds a B.S. Degree in Finance from the University of Idaho.Â He joined the City Council in February of 2013 when he was appointed to complete a vacated term.Â He was subsequently elected to the Council for a four-year term from 2014 through 2017.Â Prior to that, Higgins served on the Spokane Valley Planning Commission from January of 2012 until his appointment to Council in 2013.
In addition to serving as the chair of the Council, Higgins retains his role as a regular Councilmember, including voting rights.
Woodard also began his service to the City as a Planning Commissioner from 2010 until his appointment to fill a vacated seat on the Council in 2011.Â He was subsequently elected to a four-year term in that position in 2012 and re-elected to serve from 2016 through 2019.Â He was first selected by his fellow Councilmembers to serve as Deputy Mayor for 2014 through 2015, and has been selected to serve a second term in that role for 2016 and 2017.
In addition to serving as acting mayor in the mayor’s absence, Woodard also retains Council voting rights as part of the seven-member Council.
The meeting was also the first for newly-elected Councilmember Sam Wood, who took the Oath of Office in Council Chambers earlier in the evening.Â He was elected to serve a four year term from 2016 through 2019.Â He joins the Council following his appointmentÂ to the City’s Planning Commission in 2014 to complete a vacated term.Â Wood is a certified appraiser and owner of a local appraisal business, and has lived in Spokane Valley for 19 years, volunteering with numerous organizations and serving on a number of boards.”