Preliminary report finds health administrator broke law in firing Dr. Bob Lutz

SPOKANE, Wash. — A preliminary investigation found Spokane Health District administrator Amelia Clark violated state law when she fired health officer Dr. Bob Lutz last year.

In its report, the Washington State Health Board said it found Clark “Refused or neglected to obey or enforce” state requirements that forbid the removal of a local health officer until after notice is given, and an opportunity for a hearing before the board.

Lutz was asked to resign in October and fired in November after Clark claimed he violated his role as a health officer. His removal received criticism by the community.

Complaints submitted to the board, regarding his dismissal, alleged he was initially ousted without a public hearing or full meeting and vote of the SRHD Board of Health. The state board unanimously approved the investigation.

The report recommends that the state board hold a hearing on the issue. The board could disagree with the report and close the investigation, or if they find her guilty, remove her from the position.

Read the full report here.

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