Nov. 12, 2014 5:26 p.m. - Updated: 5:31 p.m.
Scott Chesney, Spokane’s planning director who was abruptly ousted from his position last week, said today he was taking the “high road” and ending his role at the city.
Chesney did not give details on why he was forced to resign, but his silence is in line with that of Mayor David Condon and Jan Quintrall, head of the city’s Business and Development Services and Chesney’s supervisor, who both said they could not comment on the matter due to personnel confidentiality.
“It’s not my first choice, but I understand that there are irreconcilable differences in approach within an organization,” Chesney said about his resignation in an email. “There’s a degree of sadness in this change, but also one of pride. I’m proud to call Spokane home, and pleased with what we accomplished on my watch.”
Hours after Chesney’s dismissal became public, influential developers began speaking out and calling for Chesney’s reinstatement.
Jim Frank, president of Greenstone Corp., which is developing Kendall Yards; Walt Worthy, developer of the Grand Hotel Spokane and Davenport Hotel owner; Ron Wells, who is attempting to redevelop the Ridpath Hotel; and Dave Black, who brought Target to the South Hill, all quickly rallied around Chesney. City Council members were quick to echo the sentiment, but Mike Fagan was the only member to refuse to sign a letter of recommendation for Chesney.
At a news conference Monday, Condon said Chesney wouldn’t return to City Hall and downplayed the concerns of a “handful of developers.” He also criticized the media for the “magnitude of interest” in Chesney’s ouster.
Read Chesney's complete statement below.
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