Stories tagged: Civil service
Wed., Feb. 28, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Police officer accused of keeping liquor seized from bootlegger
One Spokane police officer. E.I. Prather, was dismissed from the police force, while another, V.B. Benaway, was reinstated after a civil service hearing. Both officers had been charged with seizing …
Tue., Oct. 4, 2016, 4:01 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Spokane Mayor David Condon is wrong to ignore laws reining in his political appointees
Mayor David Condon believes that he can determine, on his own, which city laws to follow and which are “void.” Talk about a strong mayor.
Mon., June 27, 2016, 8:30 p.m.
Spokane City Council OKs ordinance requiring explanations of mayor’s appointees
By a 5-1 vote, the City Council will require Mayor David Condon to provide written explanations of whom new political appointees will supervise and to whom they will report.
Sun., June 26, 2016, 4 a.m.
Spokane City Council seeks to rein in mayor’s political appointees
Karen Stratton has proposed a pair of ordinances that would increase the City Council’s role in reviewing Mayor David Condon’s political appointments, citing management bloat and a lack of oversight. …
Wed., May 25, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Commission reinstates 2 police officers accused of ‘cowardice’
From our archives, 100 years ago The city’s Civil Service Commission reinstated two Spokane policemen who had been suspended for failing to prevent a bandit from holding up a streetcar …
Wed., June 10, 2015, 10:21 a.m.
The Latest on prison escape: Armed officers resume search
12:20 p.m. (EDT) Corrections officers in helmets and body armor are searching houses near the northern New York prison where two killers escaped, along with state police and dogs.
Wed., Nov. 5, 2014
Spokane 2015 budget pays 164 workers six figures
The number of city employees earning six figures has increased under Spokane Mayor David Condon, despite his critical stance against such high earners when he was campaigning for office and …
Fri., May 16, 2014
Hire for Spokane Fire Department faces challenge
Spokane Mayor David Condon is putting a new political appointee on the fire department’s payroll despite last month’s legal ruling that limited his ability to bypass the city’s traditional civil …
Tue., April 29, 2014
Condon’s plan to raise number of fire department appointees halted
Spokane Mayor David Condon’s plan to boost the number of political appointees at City Hall has been dealt a potentially major setback. Superior Court Judge Kathleen O’Connor has sided with …
Mon., April 28, 2014, 1:16 p.m.
Mayor’s plan to increase political appointees dealt setback
Spokane Mayor David Condon’s plan to increase the number of political appointees at City Hall has been dealt a potentially major setback.
Tue., Feb. 11, 2014
Rick Dobrow, new Spokane police assistant chief, doesn’t meet qualifications
Spokane’s new assistant police chief doesn’t meet the stated minimum qualifications for his new job. Rick Dobrow, who has served on the force for 20 years, was announced as the …
Sat., Feb. 1, 2014
Job shuffle leaves top police positions vacant
A shakeup in the Spokane Police Department has left three top jobs vacant and no uniformed officers within much of the command staff. The latest change came Wednesday when the …
Tue., Nov. 12, 2013
Council backs mayor on new grants, financial assistance department
The Spokane City Council approved plans by Mayor David Condon to create a new department of grants management and financial assistance. The council approved the department in a 6-1 vote …
Wed., Oct. 2, 2013
City Council approves parks department restructuring
More managers in the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department will be subject to hiring and firing outside of the city’s civil service system. In a restructuring approved Monday night, the …
Sat., Sept. 7, 2013
Spokane City Council moves toward police leadership changes
The appointment of the Spokane Police Department’s managerial team moves forward Monday as the City Council considers shifting city money to help pay for a new captain’s position and a …
Sun., Aug. 18, 2013
Council will consider park department reorganization
The Spokane City Council will consider Monday wholesale changes to the makeup of the park department, widening the scope of the mayor’s appointing powers. The decision follows similar moves in …
Fri., July 5, 2013
Park Board seeks rule change
The push to strip civil service protections from managers is continuing at City Hall. Later this month, the Spokane City Council will consider a request from the Park Board to …
Thu., April 11, 2013
Police chief fills four of 13 exempt positions
Four of the 13 new public safety departments created by the Spokane City Council on Monday will soon have permanent leaders likely to keep the bigger paychecks most of them …
Sat., April 6, 2013
Shawn Vestal: Condon’s civil service remake merits closer study
Mayor David Condon’s proposal to skirt civil service rules and expand the number of administration-appointed managers in the police and fire departments is worth considering. In particular, the need for …
Tue., March 26, 2013
Doug Clark: Mayor building case for ‘condonminiums’
So Boy Mayor wants to geld the city’s timer-tested Civil Service rules to make our City of Spocondon a happier place. Oops.
Sun., March 24, 2013
Mayor seeks greater control over police, fire department slots
During Spokane County Commissioner Phil Harris’ 12 years in office, all three of his kids got county jobs – including one who worked in economic development despite filing for bankruptcy …
Thu., March 14, 2013
Fired firefighter denied job reinstatement
A Spokane Valley firefighter fired last year for repeatedly sending religious emails from his department account has been denied a request to get his job back. The vote Wednesday by …
Wed., March 6, 2013
Vestal: Stephens’ demotion puts police at crossroads again
Will the Scott Stephens debacle take us to a new ring of hell with regard to the city and the cops? Will it carry us from the age of the …
Tue., Dec. 18, 2012, 10:56 a.m.
Unions plan new offensive after Michigan loss
WASHINGTON (AP) — Blindsided by a new law weakening union rights in Michigan, organized labor is preparing to target Republican governors in politically important states up for re-election in 2014 …
Wed., Dec. 12, 2012, 2:10 p.m.
Right-to-work law gives Michigan unions new task
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Now that Michigan has become a right-to-work state, unions in this stronghold of organized labor confront a new and urgent problem: convincing members to continue paying …
Mon., Nov. 19, 2012, 11:25 a.m.
Unions show muscle, spent millions in state races
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Maggie Hassan won the New Hampshire governor’s race, it wasn’t just a victory for her fellow Democrats. Unions spent millions backing Hassan with television ads and …
Tue., Aug. 28, 2012, 10:33 p.m.
Christie’s blunt style tested in convention speech
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With a rowdy fist-pump, blunt and brash New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lit a fire Tuesday night under the Republican National Convention, labeling Democratic President Barack …