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Thursday, Mar 5, 2015

Candidate profiles

Mike   DeVleming

Personal: Married to Pennie, two children.

Employment: Vera Water and Power customer service director, 1989-present. Started with Vera Water and Power in 1987 as assistant engineer.

Education: Associate's degree in applied science, Spokane Community College, 1986-1988; attended Spokane Falls Community College, 1984-85.

Political History: First run for office.

Issues: Make new government cost-effective as possible. Consider all options for law enforcement.

Finances: $3,072 as of Sept. 6

Top priority after taking office: "Start the process of finding a city manager."


3418 S. Melissa Drive, Spokane, WA 99206;

Work experience

  • Vera Water & Power, Spokane Valley, 1989 to present.
  • Customer Service Director. Duties: Administration of the conservation and energy management programs offered by the Bonneville Power Administration and the utility. Help establish budgets and Project Manager for a variety of in house projects ranging from minor building repairs and remodels to larger building construction.
  • New Construction: Supplied technical assistance to builders and developers in the area of new
  • residential and commercial construction for the Super Good Cents program. Developed and administrated utility programs such as tree trimming and power line maintenance, street light installation and maintenance.
  • Safety Director: Writing and maintaining the Accident Prevention Program.
  • Fleet Manager: Track and schedule all maintenance and repairs for 36 utility vehicles.
  • James A. Sewell & Associates, Newport, 1988-89. Field Inspector Director, Ponderay Newsprint Project ($300 million paper mill). Duties: Inspection of all structural steel bolting and welding.
  • Vera Water & Power, Spokane Valley, 1987. Engineering Assistant.


  • Spokane Community College, 1986-88. Associate in applied science degree. Spokane Falls Community College, 1984-85.

    Professional memberships

  • Spokane County Sheriff's Citizens Advisory Board.
  • Past Board of Directors, Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.
  • Past Board of Directors, Valleyfest.
  • Past Board of Directors, YMCA.

    Volunteer Experience

  • YMCA flag football coach.
  • YMCA soccer coach.
  • Cub Scout volunteer.

    Community activities

  • President of the Indian Canyon Men's Club.
  • McGruff House Volunteer.

    Cover letter

    Council must be willing to put in time

    Dear Spokane Valley Citizens:

    I believe that in order to do this job, you must know what the job is. During just the first four months, the new council will need to devote many evenings, weekends and possibly holidays to this enormous work load. This will be time away from friends and family, the TV, or a good book by the fire. They will need to make very difficult decisions with what may seem not near enough information. I am ready! The first council will need to use every bit of critical thinking and life's experiences to lead them to the most common sense conclusions. I am ready! They will quickly discover that their decisions will make some happy, some mad and leave some unsatisfied. They will have to defend their decisions to their neighbors, co-workers and the clerk at the grocery store. I am ready!

    The citizens will set the bar high because today, almost anything is possible. They will hold the entire council accountable because they will be accountable. The citizens will want services to improve in a number of areas like safety and roads. They will expect a more ``user friendly'' government than what they are currently getting and yet demand that same system to be efficient.

    I have a strong commitment to the new city and I believe I understand what is expected of me. I want to lead this city into the 21st century with these expectations in mind. Please vote for me, September 17th.

    Mike DeVleming
    Candidate for City Council Position 3

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