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Jonathan Brunt
The Spokesman-Review


SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Mayor Mary Verner's annual state of the city address Monday made a dire prediction about the likelihood of winning police concessions to prevent job losses next year.

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"We will see 22 commissioned police officer positions eliminated from the budget," Verner said.

The comments mark a new tone in Verner's public assessment of the Spokane Police Guild's apparent unwillingness to make concessions to save jobs. Although the guild missed a negotiating deadline in August, Verner previously expressed hope that a deal would be made. Not anymore.

The likely loss of police jobs was one of numerous points in her speech, which focused on pushing for quality service during an economic downturn.

"We will strive, as always, to deliver excellent customer service. But, folks, we simply cannot expect to do a whole lot more with a whole lot less," she said. "Our dedicated work force will help us to prioritize, and we will meet the essential, mandatory, nondiscretionary and priority services of city government."

 

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