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Condon Sworn-In As Spokane's 44th Mayor

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Out with the old, in with the new. David Condon officially became the 44th mayor of Spokane Friday morning at an outdoor swearing-in ceremony at the clock tower in Riverfront Park.

The ceremony began with an Honor Guard and prayer, then Condon's wife and kids and dozens of supporters watched as the Spokane-native took his oath of office. Condon said he chose the ceremony's clock tower as a backdrop to represent Spokane's vast history as well as its future. In a brief speech, Condon promised to work together with city hall,touted economic growth, and transparency.

"I'm going to build an efficient team of people whom I can trust, you can trust me, and I know I need to earn that trust from those throughout city hall," Condon said. "It's a great and exciting day for me personally and I'm really looking forward to the future of the city of Spokane and the team we put in place over the next several months."

Condon said public safety would be his first priority once in office but, so far, he's kept those plans under wraps. "We will be addressing that first thing next week," he told KHQ after the ceremony. The Speech had mixed reaction from the crowd. Christine McCabe said she was "Really touched by the diversity this morning." While others like Spokane Protest Chaplain Deb Conklin, who walks with those in the Occupy Movement said, "We want him to remember that he is the mayor of the people of Spokane no the corporations that gave money to his campaign."

Condon said his transition team is comprised of several dozen people who are working to plan the next 100 days for the Spokane. On Friday, he named Theresa Sanders the next city administrator. Sanders is the city's former economic development director.Presenting David Condon during the ceremony, Sanders identified herself as Condon's Transition Team Director and said it has been "a great pleasure to be working with David Condon the last few months.

After the ceremony, City Spokesperson Marlene Feist announced the retirement of two long-time city employees including Public Works and Utilities Director Dave Mandyke as well as General Administration Director Dorothy Webster. Together, the pair have served the City 60 years. Mandyke did not immediately return KHQ's request for a comment but Webster said Condon gave her an ultimatum, asking her to resign or retire.

In a statement to KHQ, Webster said,"God has placed me in a position where my choice was easy and I am at peace with my decision and my current circumstances. No matter what others think, I believe I have served well during the past 22 1\2  years. I now look forward to the next phase of my life. Condon also said he chose Acting Assistant Police Chief Scott Stephens to be the Acting Police Chief, but said that appointment is effective only through the weekend.

Condon officially takes office January first. He said a report from his Transition Task Force will come out January 10th.
 
PRESS RELEASES FROM CITY OF SPOKANE ABOUT CHANGES IN CITY LEADERSHIP:
 
**MAYOR-ELECT CONDON NAMES THERESA SANDERS AS CITY ADMINISTRATOR****
 Mayor-elect David Condon today named Theresa Sanders as the City Administrator for the City of Spokane, the City's highest appointed position. "I am very proud to announce that Theresa will be leading my team," says Mayor-elect Condon. "She is responsive and innovative and will place the priorities of the citizens of Spokane at the forefront."  

Sanders, a native of Spokane, brings a strong background in management, economic development, and local government to this position. She attended North Central High School and Eastern Washington University, earning a Bachelor's degree in Government. This will be the second time she has worked for the City of Spokane, previously serving as Economic Development Division Director for two and a half years.

Earlier in her career, Sanders worked at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, in various leadership roles including product marketing and international business development. Upon returning to the Spokane area, Sanders served in both rural and urban Economic Development positions before being appointed to the City position by Mayor Dennis Hession. Sanders currently is the Interim Athletic Director at the Spokane Club.

Sanders says she is looking forward to being back at City Hall working for the Condon administration. "I am honored to accept this position and to help carry out the vision of Mayor-elect Condon," says Sanders. "I look forward to the many challenges and opportunities that we will face in the coming weeks and months."
 
 
*******DOROTHY WEBSTER TO RETIRE FROM CITY*******
Following a meeting with the new City administration, General Administration Division Director Dorothy Webster has said she will retire from the City effective mid-January.  Webster has been with the City for 22 years. "I would like to commend Dorothy for her many years of service to Spokane's citizens," says Mayor-elect David Condon.  

Webster joined the City in 1989, after working at the Community Colleges of Spokane.  She has served in a number of positions at the City, including roles in affirmative action and as Deputy City Manager under the City's previous form of government. 

In her current role, she has directed the work of the City's Youth, Human Services, Community Centers, Management Information Services, Public Defender, and City Hall Maintenance and Security departments and has led a number of special projects, including managing federal stimulus dollars to help improve the City's energy efficiency.

During her time at the City, Webster has been a tireless advocate for diversity and equality, ensuring non-discriminatory hiring practices at the City and equal treatment of citizens. 

She also helped to shepherd the naming of Martin Luther King Way in the University District. Additionally, Webster was instrumental in launching a Customer Service initiative that has been successful in providing increased access and services to the citizens of Spokane. She also initiated business continuity planning to ensure continued City services during any emergency that would make City Hall unavailable.  

Among other community involvements, Webster recently completed service on the Sacred Heart Medical Center's Board of Directors.-30-
 
 
******DAVE MANDYKE TO RETIRE FROM CITY*******
The City of Spokane today is announcing that Public Works & Utilities Division Director Dave Mandyke will retire from the City after 38 years of service. "I would like to commend Dave for his many years of work on behalf of the citizens of Spokane," says Mayor-elect David Condon.   Mandyke joined the City in 1973—the year before Spokane's World's Fair. 

He worked his way up through many City positions to become an Assistant City Manager in the City's previous form of government and has spent the last decade helping to lead the City's utility and street departments, which include more than half of the City's workforce.

He endeavored to earn his bachelor's degree in business administration at night at Eastern Washington University to assist with his rise at the City. Among other accomplishments, Mandyke helped to lead the implementation of the City's 2004 Street Bond, which will repair some 110 miles of City streets when the projects under the bond are complete in 2013.

He led public works response efforts to major snow events and other emergencies. He oversaw millions of dollars of work at the City's water reclamation plant and the replacement of miles of water and sewer lines throughout the City. Mandyke also managed the City's animal control contract for years, led legislative outreach efforts for a time, and did work in economic development.

Mandyke also served on the Downtown Spokane Partnership's Business Improvement District Board and served as President of the Washington state Chapter of the American Public Works Association. 

CHELSEA KOPTA
Digital Journalist
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