Simmons snares top role at County as CEO Gemmill retires

Tuesday marked the start of a reshuffling of leaders in Spokane County and city government.

City Public Works Director Scott Simmons, a fixture at Spokane City Hall, will jump to Spokane County government and take over for retiring longtime CEO Gerry Gemmill.

Simmons will be replaced by Marlene Feist, the current strategic development director for public works, the city announced on Tuesday. She will be the first woman to lead the city’s public works division.

Gemmill, who was appointed as the CEO in 2015 after more than 30 years working for the county, had delayed his retirement last year to help lead the county through the pandemic. He now

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