After graduating from North Central High School, Jack Geraghty went on to earn a journalism degree from the University of Washington. While there, he served as president of the University of Washington student body.
Armed with his journalism degree, Jack pursued a variety of interests and participated in a number of civic affairs. For many years he owned a public relations and consulting business. Geraghty worked as a reporter, a newspaper publisher, and a Spokane County commissioner. He served on the Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees, in the Public Relations Society of America, as a trustee of the Spokane Community Mental Health Center, and as vice president of Spokane’s Expo ’74 World’s Fair. Geraghty was a founding member of the Spokane-Limerick Sister City Society.
In 1992 Jack Geraghty was elected Spokane’s 40th mayor. During his term as mayor (1993-1998), his priorities were public safety, economic development, downtown revitalization, streamlining city government, and improvement of city streets and the infrastructure. He concentrated on working with citizens to improve and strengthen the voice of neighborhoods in city decision-making.