Term: 2024 to 2027
Al Merkel is serving his first term on City Council, elected to position 3 in November 2023.
Merkel is a small business owner and a proud alumnus of Whitworth University and University High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, a Bachelor of Arts in political science, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics.
Merkel’s professional experience includes new business development, procurement, subcontracts, grants, program operations, internal audits and international development projects. He served various countries worldwide for over a decade, focusing on economic and social development. His experience spans diverse projects, including agriculture development, small business planning, legal ordinance for business fostering, community health improvement and HIV/AIDS prevention.
Merkel has contributed to the community by working with the Department of Veteran's Affairs and Coordinated Care Washington on Medicaid insurance and mental health provision. He has a passion for public safety, fostering business growth, and enhancing transparency in governance and is committed to serving the Spokane Valley community.
Merkel is happily married and proud father of a daughter attending Central Valley Schools.