SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. — Spokane County CEO Gerry Gemmill announced his retirement on Wednesday after almost 40 years with the county.

According to a press release from County Spokesman Jared Webley, Gemmill announced his retirement on Wednesday, and his last day will be on June 30, 2020.

Spokane County Commissioner Al French is quoted in the release as thanking Gemmill for his work for the county.

"Gerry's unique first-hand perspective as a long-time employee and his commitment to the people of Spokane County will be sorely missed. He has done a great job of guiding his fellow employees at the County through some challenging times," French is quoted as saying. "Gerry leaves big shoes to fill and a legacy of compassion, determination and honesty."

Gemmill will help with the hiring of his replacement and ha also agreed to help the new CEO transition into the role, according to Webley.

The review for the first round of applications will take place on March 22 and the county is conducting a nationwide search for a new CEO, Webley said.

The Spokane County Board of County Commissioners entered an agreement with Prothman consulting firm for the search, according to Webley.

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