Mike Pearson – who wrapped up a nearly three-decade stint in the Central Valley School District in 2007 – started a new job on Monday.
Pearson was sworn in as the new fire commissioner of the Spokane Valley Fire Department during the regular meeting. He replaces Monte Nesbitt, who stepped down in October.
Nesbitt was honored for his service on the board after the meeting, along with Battalion Chief Wayne Howerton and Capt. Jack Nuesse, who are retiring from the fire department.
Pearson – who had served as CVSD superintendent since 2003 -- was chosen over two former Spokane Valley mayors, former firefighters and a city planning commissioner.
Pearson had worked for CVSD since 1978, serving as director of high schools, a business and marketing instructor, and district representative, among other responsibilities. He also worked as an adjunct instructor for Eastern Washington University.
After being named assistant superintendent in 2001, Pearson stepped in for CV Superintendent Wally Stanley in 2003 after he announced his retirement.
Pearson served in an interim role as superintendent until December 2003, when he was given the position permanently until his retirement. He currently serves on the Spokane Valley General Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education.
Pearson will now have to run for his spot on the board in the 2013 general election. No word if any of the other candidates interviewed – Mike DeVleming, Diana Wilhite, Chris Wetherell, Cynthia Walter, John Carroll and Mark Normington -- will challenge Pearson.
In other news, the fire commissioners approved an interlocal agreement between the department and the city off Liberty Lake for fire inspections, plan review and fire investigations. The department had been performing those functions for the city since it incorporated but without a formal agreement as with the cities of Millwood and Spokane Valley along with Spokane County.
The agreement clearly defines the roles of both entities and provides language for fire inspections and fire code enforcement, said Chief Mike Thompson. It also allows Valley Fire investigators to conduct fire investigations with the cooperation of the Liberty Lake Police Department.
“We’ve been working on this for a couple of years,” Thompson said.
Board Chairman Kolby Hanson said he is glad the agreement finally came together.
“It’s nice to see this piece fall into place,” he said.
Also, the department will open its new Station 6, 6306 E. Sprague, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19. There will be a short ceremony, and the public is invited to attend.
The commissioners’ next meeting will be Monday, Jan. 7, at 4 p.m. at the administration building, 2120 N. Wilbur. The second December meeting would have fallen on Dec. 24 and was canceled. The Jan. 14 regular meeting was moved up one week due to a scheduling conflict.