The city of Spokane ditched a proposal by former Mayor David Condon to withdraw from the county’s emergency management agency and handle the city’s response to disasters on its own.
Or so everyone in City Hall thought.
The city’s agreement with Greater Spokane Emergency Management expired on Dec. 31, and a new one has yet to be signed, even though city leaders want back in.
As city officials prepare for the potential arrival of COVID-19 in Spokane, they stressed this week that the city still is actively engaged with Greater Spokane Emergency Management and regional leaders, even if a written agreement formalizing that relationship no longer exists.
“All they have to do is start working on helping rewrite the agreement. I know that they say they have budgeted money toward it … it’s really getting back to the table,” said Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who oversees Greater Spokane Emergency Management.