City Council Members



City Council Members

Mayor Kevin Richey

Mayor, Kevin Richey 
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. They have four kids, two boys and two girls, his oldest boy his currently serving in the USMC. Kevin has been serving on the city council since 2008. 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. He is currently a Detective in the Major Crimes Domestic Violence Unit. 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. The city of Airway Heights continues to grow. It is important to ensure public safety and infrastructure keeps pace with growth to maintain the quality of life our city has come to enjoy. I have been honored to serve on council for the past 9 years including my time as your Mayor.”

Deputy Mayor Doyle Inman

Deputy Mayor, Doyle Inman 
Deputy Mayor 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 four children, three adult children with seven grandchildren and a nine 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 Steve Lawrence

Councilmember, Steve Lawrence
Steve has lived in Airway Heights since 1974. He attended Sunset, Cheney Jr and Cheney High. Currently married and raising his 3 children in Airway Heights, he decided to run for City Council when he learned there was going to be 2 openings as he wanted to give back to the community in which he was raised. In his second term as a council member, Steve feels that being on the Council is the right step in being able to give back to his community.

Councilmember Veronica Messing

Councilmember, Veronica Messing
Councilmember Veronica Messing is excited to be serving on the Airway Heights City Council. Mrs. Messing moved to Airway Heights in 2008, and lives with her husband and two sons. She is active in the community, serving on the Sunset Elementary PTO and volunteering with the Airway Heights Library's community book club. Veronica is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and works at ACT Services in Spokane and at Sacred Heart Medical Center on the psychiatric unit. She grew up north of Spokane in Elk, Washington and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees and Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA.

Councilmember Sonny "James" Weathers

Councilmember, Sonny "James" Weathers
Councilmember Sonny Weathers. Sonny is an invested member of Airway Heights who enjoys being a part of the process that shapes our community into the kind of place we desire to live through retirement. He moved to town in September of 2010 and along with his wife, two daughters, and son, has sought to build a level of trust and confidence with their neighbors which results in a kind of fellowship that has proven beneficial to all. His family is also growing their sense of community as members of a great local church where he serves on the board of elders. Sonny offers ample leadership experience across a broad spectrum of military service, church involvement, and appointed civic roles, along with a compelling vision of thriving citizens and responsible/accountable government. It is his distinct pleasure to strive on behalf of Airway Heights in the direction of building community and enhancing quality of life. 

Councilmember Larry Bowman

Councilmember Larry Bowman
Councilmember Bowman had grown up on the West Coast when he enlisted in the United States Air Force from his hometown of Olivehurst, California in 2001. Soon after, he found himself stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base as an Aerospace Repair technician. Mr. Bowman lived in the local area since arriving to Washington in 2002 and eventually settled in the City of Airway Heights in 2008. After multiple years of coaching youth sports for the city, he was asked to become more involved in the community in which he lived. He soon accepted an opportunity to be on the city’s Planning Commission that he eventually chaired. During his service on the Planning Commission, Mr. Bowman recognized the potential for even greater involvement and community service and eventually decided to run for City Council and was elected in November of 2015.

Mr. Bowman retired from the military in June of 2015 and decided to stay in the city of Airway Heights because of the love he has for his church and local community. He is a small-business owner in the local area and brings 14 plus years of program management as well as resource budgeting and accounting experience to the city. Mr. Bowman promotes economic and community growth through fiscal responsibility while simultaneously listening to the local needs of citizens of the city. Mr. Bowman strives to continually improve the quality of life for the residents of Airway Heights by advocating for the needs and wants of those who live here. His education includes a bachelor's of accounting, an associates in Aviation Maintenance Technology and an associates of Instructor of Technology and Military Science.

Councilmember Dave Malet

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 four 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.

The end of each Councilmember's terms are as follows:

Position 1 (Mayor)December 31, 2021
Position 2 (Councilmember): December 31, 2021
Position 3 (Councilmember): December 31, 2019
Position 4 (Councilmember): December 31, 2021
Position 5 (Councilmember): December 31, 2019
Position 6 (Councilmember): December 31, 2021
Position 7 (Councilmember): December 31, 2019 

Previous Mayors and their Terms:

Elected  Name  Replaced by if Mayor Resigned 
2017  Kevin Richey   
2013 Patrick Rushing  Kevin Richey (2015)
2009  Patrick Rushing   
2005  Matthew Pederson   
2001  Dale Perry   
1997 Brian Grady   
1993  Don Harmon   
1989  Joe Martella   
1985  Richard Russell   
1983  Joe Martella   
1981  Bob Bundy  Joe Martella  (1983)
1977  Lorraine Horton   
1973  Lorraine Horton   
1969  Lorraine Horton   
1964  Ralph E. Nolte  Lorraine Horton (1696)