Posts tagged: Frank Straub
Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub’s top candidate to be assistant police chief is an internal candidate.
City Councilman Jon Snyder, the chairman of the city’s public safety committee, said Friday that Straub’s choice is Capt. Rick Dobrow.
Dobrow started work as a police officer in Stockton, Calif. in 1982, according to a department newsletter. He joined the Spokane force in 1994. Dobrow was given the department’s purple heart award after a serious motorcycle crash in September 2006.
Assistant Police Chief Craig Meidl informed Straub last week that he was stepping down and wanted to return to being a lieutenant.
It remains unclear how much the city will pay a retired judge to investigate “circumstances” that led Police Chief Frank Straub to place his assistant chief on paid administrative leave.
Assistant Police Chief Scott Stephens was placed on leave by Straub in December. City officials have declined to say what led to the action, saying it’s a personnel issue that can’t yet be discussed publicly. Stephens’ attorney, Bob Dunn, said this week that Straub placed Stephens on leave after he was accused of threatening work place violence in a private conversation with a friend who works within the department after Stephens had been told that he would be demoted.
Mayor David Condon announced on Monday that retired U.S. District Court Judge Michael Hogan, of Oregon, would perform the city’s Internal Affairs investigation into Stephens instead of city employees.
Hogan started work on the investigation this week, but there is not yet a final agreement on how much Hogan will be paid, said city spokesman Brian Coddington. He is expected to work on the investigation for about a month.
Mayor David Condon and Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub will take viewer questions tonight in a live program on KSPS, Channel 7.
Talk to City Hall starts at 7 p.m.
I'll join Kristi Gorenson of KXLY on the program. Viewers can email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll focus on police department policies and other city business.
If the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission today doesn’t grant the new leader of the Spokane Police Department’s request to waive a requirement to join the state police academy, it’s unclear if the city will bother making him the chief.
City officials are confident that the commission will allow Spokane’s new director of law enforcement, Frank Straub, to become a commissioned officer without having to take the usual five-month training required to earn the status based on his 28-years of experience in law enforcement.
“The City of Spokane believes that Mr. Straub has the background, training and expertise to lead the Spokane Poice Department and to quickly become an asset to our community,” said a letter signed by Mayor David Condon to the training commission. (The full letter and Straub's resume are attached to this post.)
Spokane's new director of law enforcement will start his job in Spokane on Oct. 1.
Frank Straub, the former director of public safety for the city of Indianapolis, was hired by the Spokane City Council in a 6-0 vote Monday night. He will appear at a press conference this afternoon in Spokane.
Straub said Monday night that he has made an offer, which was accepted, on a home on the South Hill. He hopes he and his fiance can move in by Nov. 1.
Tired of hearing negative things about the man he selected to be police chief, Mayor David Condon and his top administrator personally paid to fly four Indiana residents to Spokane to vouch for him.
The four, including the former editor of the Indianapolis Star and the leader of the Indianapolis fire union, told the Spokane City Council on Monday night that Condon’s pick, Frank Straub, is a hard-working, caring reformer who listens to the community. Straub last month left his job as Indianapolis’ public safety director after a controversial two-year tenure.
After the four Hoosiers and 10 others testified, the council appointed Straub as Spokane’s new director of law enforcement in a 6-0 vote. (Councilman Steve Salvatori was absent.)