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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.
Spokane Mayor David Condon confirmed this morning that he will name his selection for interim police chief at a news conference at 1 p.m.
The current acting chief, Scott Stephens, declined to say if he will still be chief by the end of the day in a brief interview after he left a meeting at City Hall this morning.
Condon said last week that Stephens would be acting chief “through the weekend.” Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick's retired effective Jan. 2.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has requested the position in hopes that the city would consider contracting with his department. Former Spokane Mayor Mary Verner started a national search for a new chief with Condon's blessing.
The interim chief will inherit significant obstacles, including the possibility of other officers facing federal criminal charges related to the handling of the Otto Zehm matter, low morale and recent budget cuts.
Mayor-elect David Condon said today that Acting Assistant Police Chief Scott Stephens will lead the Spokane Police Department, but his appointment so far is extremely temporary.
Condon, who will become mayor at midnight on Jan. 1, said he has agreed to have Stephens lead the department “through the weekend.”
Stephens was a major in the department under retiring Chief Anne Kirkpatrick until Kirkpatrick named him acting assistant chief this fall after Assistant Chief Jim Nicks went on sick leave.