City Clerk Stratton Fills Opening on City Council

By Paige Browning

City of Spokane clerk Karen Stratton will take a leave of absence as clerk and start her city council duties September 15th The Spokane City Council voted five-to-one to hire Stratton Monday night.
 
Stratton says public service is in her blood. She worked under Mayor Jim West and Mayor Mary Verner’s administrations, and grew up with a dad on city council and a mom in the state legislature. She says she doesn’t like seeing Spokane become a community of the haves and have-nots.
 
Stratton: “I really want to get out there in the community and make sure people understand that I’m somebody they can come to and talk to and bring their issues to, and see what we can do to work together.”
 
Stratton will be a more moderate council member than predecessor Steve Salvatori, who tended towards conservative views. This gives an already established liberal majority on council one more possible ally.
 
Council member Mike Allen, despite having similar philosophies with Salvatori, is the one who nominated Stratton during the council meeting. Mike Fagan gave the nay vote citing concerns about an un-balanced council.
 
The city council will have its first meeting as a seven member body September 15th.
 
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