Learn more about the Airway Heights City Council.
Mayor Patrick D. Rushing , a native of the West Plains, is retired from the U.S. Army and a life member of the Military Intelligence Corps and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Rushing is also retired from the U. S. Postal Service where his last assignment was as Customer Service Supervisor.
Having served on the City of Airway Heights Council for 10 years, Mr. Rushing is the longest tenured council member, and has devoted himself to serving the citizens of the community and to provide an open and honest government for all citizens to observe. “By holding the City Council responsible for the actions they take on behalf of the residents to whom they answer to, can only be prosperous to the community. We have accomplished so much in the past 10 years, we’ve made it through tough and trying times and now we move forward, building our City into the next decade with new challenges.”
Councilmember Steven Lawrence I have lived in Airway Heights since 1974. I attended Sunset, Cheney Jr and Cheney High. Currently married and raising my 3 children here. Decided to run for City Council when I learned there was going to be 2 openings as I wanted to give back to the community in which I was raised. I feel being on the Council is the right step in being able to give back to my community.
Councilmember Jack Collins Jack
grew up in the Seattle area where he met his wife. She moved to Cheney to
attend EWU and after she graduated Jack moved to Eastern Washington as well. In
2010, they moved to Airway Heights and purchased their first home here. After
moving, Jack wanted to continue to give back to his community. He was a
volunteer firefighter in Seattle and had a desire to continue that course. He quickly grew to appreciate our great city
and joined the Airway Heights Fire Department where he is currently a volunteer
couldn't think of a better way to continue to fulfill my passion of community
service then to be a part of City Council. I am honored to represent our
community and always welcome talking to any one and helping address comments
Councilmember Tanya Dashiell In 2007, Tanya Dashiell’s career brought her to the city of Airway Heights. During an impromptu visit from Mayor Matthew Pederson, she was asked to consider a position on the city’s Planning Commission which she was honored to accept. During her service on the Planning Commission, Miss Dashiell has become aware of the wonderful potentials our city has, especially the capacity to grow and create a more involved citizenship from its community. Miss Dashiell has worked for a local community bank for over 10 years and hails from the small town of Hunters, Washington. There are many goals and objectives the City Council must work together to achieve; working cohesively with our city employees, community and council, Miss Dashiell will strive to continually enhance the quality of life in Airway Heights.
Deputy Mayor Kevin Richey grew up in Walla Walla. After four years in the US Air Force, he and his wife Valerie moved to the Spokane area in 2000. They moved to Airway Heights January of 2007. He has three children, 2 boys and 1 girl. He worked for the Spokane Transit Authority for two years before beginning his career in law enforcement with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in 2003. By serving on the city council Kevin hopes to help promote pride in the community and improve the quality of life for its residents. “I feel that my experience in public service and law enforcement will be a great asset to the community, especially in the arena of public safety and civic pride.”
Councilmember Doyle Inman
Councilmember Inman has lived in Airway Heights permanently since 1992. He grew up in Spokane and graduated from Shadle Park High School. After serving in the Washington Air National Guard for over 35 years, he currently works in receiving at Walmart in Airway Heights. Doyle and his wife, Karen have 4 children, 3 adult children with 7 grandchildren and a 9 year old in the home.
Councilmember Inman would like to encourage city wide improvements to include street improvements on the South side of the highway and additional structural improvements to the City parks. “The City is headed in the right direction with all that we are trying accomplish and I hope to help maintain our progress.”
Councilmember Dave Malet Councilmember Dave Malet spent his early childhood in Spokane before moving to Seattle. He has many fond memories of living in Eastern Washington and moved to Airway Heights in 2005 while working in cable television industry. For the past 4 years Dave has been employed with the City in the Parks and Recreation Department, until his recent election to the City Council. He has had the opportunity to meet and work with many people in the community and is excited to be a part of Airway Heights and the future growth.
As a Councilmember he brings 35 years of experience as a small retail business owner, 10 years of experience in the cable television industry and years of experience in real estate. Dave appreciates and understands the importance of small businesses in our developing and emerging city. He is a retired Teamster Union member and was the union steward for the CWA. He believes strongly in equality in the workplace and fair wages. As a resident of Airway Heights and a member of the City Council, Dave plans to be involved in the community and to reach out to the residents for their valuable input on current events and issues.
Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or input you may have.