Merkel calls for transparency

SPOKANE VALLEY – In a letter following the May 21 city council meeting, City Councilman Al Merkel expressed his deep concern and disappointment with the RFP process.

“As a contract city, we should be fully capable of conducting a fair and transparent competition that clearly outlines an actionable scope of work and specific evaluation criteria,” Merkel wrote. “Unfortunately, this was not the case with our recent RFP process.”

Merkel criticized the use of undisclosed criteria and personal relationships in the selection process. “Our residents deserve better, and we must do better,” he concluded...


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