Councilmember John Taves

John Taves was appointed to fill a vacancy on City Council in September of 2012. He was elected to the position in 2013 and reelected in 2017. He currently serves as chair of the City Council Public Safety Committee and is a member of the City Council Finance Committee.

John is a veteran of the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington from 1974-1976. He served for over 36 years with Bonneville Power Administration, retiring in June 2012.

John has a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University in Psychology, a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri in Social Psychology, and a PhD from Washington State University in Sociology.

John’s elective office experience includes service as a board member for the Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union in Portland, elder for the Moreland Presbyterian Church in Portland, and councilmember and interior portfolio manager for the Cheney Congregational Church.

John is a founding member of the Cheney Depot Society, a group of volunteers who are working to relocate and restore a historical train depot in Cheney. He currently serves as president of the Society. John is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Cheney. Until recently he was involved in the Cheney-Spokane Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute for many years, giving tours, writing articles, and participating in exhibits.

John and his wife Joellen have one daughter and two grandsons, who also live in Cheney. John is an avid gardener and is a board member of the Gardeners of Cheney. He is well known for his flower and vegetable gardens, and frequently donates produce to the Cheney Food Bank.

I am committed to maintaining Cheney’s excellent public services, including fire and police, and ensuring we receive superior value for our public investments in all areas. School safety is a top concern for me; I am the proud grandfather of current students at both the Cheney Middle and Betz Elementary Schools!

-- John Taves