Marlene Feist brings new skills, strong reputation to top public works job in Spokane

When Marlene Feist joined the city of Spokane, the woman who is now her boss, Mayor Nadine Woodward, was still a nightly news anchor for KREM.

In fact, the city didn’t yet have the “strong mayor” form of government.

All of which is to say, Feist has navigated through a lot in more than two decades with the city.

Feist was confirmed as the city’s new public works director on Monday. Never uncertain, her confirmation by the Spokane City Council was unanimous.

Feist, the first woman ever appointed to the public works post, is widely regarded as a nearly bottomless vault of city knowledge and an adept communicator who

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