One of the first orders of business for the Spokane Valley City Council in 2013 will be to replace one of their own.
At the conclusion of Tuesday’s regular meeting, Brenda Grassel – who was elected as part of the Positive Change slate of candidates in 2009 – announced she would be resigning from the council effective Dec. 31.
Grassel is moving out of the city of Spokane Valley and will no longer be eligible to serve, she said.
Grassel had already announced that she would be unable to attend the meeting on Dec. 18 due to a scheduling conflict and, as it was the council’s last meeting of the year, Tuesday’s meeting was
“Surprise, surprise,” she said.
Grassel then thanked staff, including City Manager Mike Jackson, for their “guidance and wisdom” as well as her fellow council members for sharing their experience and friendship.
During her three-year tenure, the pro-business Grassel -- who defeated former council member and Mayor Diana Wilhite in the 2009 general election – voted along with fellow Positive Change affiliates to dismantle the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan and relax building and zoning standards in the city to spur economic development.
“Brenda has been a spearhead in some of the toughest issues to come before us in the last three years,” said Mayor Tom Towey. “I have great respect for her commitment to Spokane Valley.”
Grassel and her husband Clint operate Precision Cutting Technologies, which remains in the city of Spokane Valley.