The search to replace Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick hasn’t even begun, but there’s already a high-profile candidate: Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Knezovich confirmed Thursday that he’s willing to serve as the city’s interim chief, an administrative role he believes he could fill while continuing to run the Sheriff’s Office. Read more
Age: 41City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: Former Congressional aide
Education: Graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1992. Bachelor’s degree in finance from Boston College in 1996.
Career: Former district director and deputy chief of staff for Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from 2005 until this year. Real estate investor.
Military: Served in U.S. Army from 1996 though 2005, including as a company commander at a combat support hospital.
Political: This is Condon’s first run for office. Serves on several boards, including SNAP (the organization previously known as Spokane Neighborhood Action Program, Inland Northwest Chapter of the Red Cross, Friend of the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens and the Morning Star Boys Ranch.
Family: Married. Has two young children.
Last updated: Nov. 14, 4:59 p.m. Election results
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