As a past president of the Police Guild, I would have hoped the Spokane City Council would have thought this through a little better. If the guild goes to arbitration (which the city does not care for), the city will lose the body cameras, the 25 police officers and, most of all, face a huge pay increase for the Spokane Police Department.
Spokane, the second largest city in the state, is behind Tacoma and other smaller cities, and that is what the arbitrator looks at. The mayor and chief were on target, but I guess the council, as usual, is more worried about baristas than the economy of the city.
This was a cost-saver for the next four years; now it could be a disaster to the citizens’ pocketbook.