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Spokane Valley Council members allege corruption

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

For the last seven years, Dean Grafos has worked at the City Hall of Spokane Valley as a council member and Mayor. He officially resigned last week and Monday was his last day. That same day, fellow council member Chuck Hafner handed in his resignation.

"At some point you say, 'I've done everything I can do,' Grafos says.

He says over the last few months, the two have been unable to work with the majority of the council's ideology and finally had to give up.

"I don't think I can be a part of the illegal actions by the city," Grafos says.

Grafos claims the City Council illegally fired City Manager Mike Jackson, gave away funds meant to build new sidewalks and want to get rid of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office and create their own police force.

"I don't want to clean up their mess for them," Grafos says.

Spokane Valley's mayor Rod Higgins says there's no basis for allegations of corruption.

"That is utterly and completely false. Corruption? I don't think so," says Higgins.

Mayor Higgins says Grafos found himself in the minority on the council after the last election. So do Grafos and Hafner have an ax to grind?

"They have an ax to grind. Elections have consequences and I'm afraid neither of them can get their minds around the fact that they did not win that election."

Higgins says he was surprised by the resignations and accusations by both men, which he called absolutely baseless, saying they will have no effect on policy moving forward.

"If you can't trust this government, then you can't trust your government at all," Higgins says.

Mayor Higgins says he hopes to have both council seats filled by June.

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