121 SRHD employees approve vote of no confidence in Admin. Officer Amelia Clark in response to Lutz’s termination

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Regional Health District union members released a vote of no confidence in Administrative Officer Amelia Clark on Thursday, shortly after the Health Board voted to terminate Dr. Bob Lutz. 

The union, PROTEC17, represents 171 of the roughly 300 health district employees. According to a letter addressed to the Health Board, 121 health district members approved the vote of no confidence, calling Clark’s decision to fire Lutz during a pandemic “sudden and unexpected.” 

“We are now without a functional public health officer in a time when one is needed most,” it reads in a letter addressed to the Spokane Regional Health District Board. 

It calls on the health district to continue Lutz’s employment and, instead, terminate Clark.

You can read the full letter below: 

Vote of No Confidence Letter to Board by Emily Oliver on Scribd

Board members voted 8-4 to terminate Lutz on Thursday, after hearing allegations against him, which involve insubordination, misappropriation of funds, retaliation and others. 

READ: Spokane Board of Health votes to terminate health officer Dr. Bob Lutz 

Dr. Frank Velazquez will take over Lutz’s position until the Health Board’s next meeting on Dec. 3.