Stories tagged: Frank Straub
UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 11:22 p.m.
Spokane City Council narrowly approves former U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby as city attorney
Supporters on the council touted Ormsby’s long career of public service and professionalism, but critics pointed to the continued debt of bonds issued for a downtown parking garage under his …
Sun., April 9, 2017, 3 a.m.
City Council seeks more control of how Police Department uses seized funds
The panel is set to vote on a bill Monday that will put the spending of money seized from suspected criminals under their authority and require regular public reports.
UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
Culture audit: Spokane Police say they need more officers, stable leadership
Participants in a culture audit conducted by researchers at Gonzaga University say the Spokane Police Department needs additional resources and a steady hand at the wheel to operate efficiently. The …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 10:50 p.m.
Investigator who learned Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal was white says police Chief Frank Straub didn’t hire him
The investigator hired to look into Rachel Dolezal’s past said Saturday he wasn’t hired by then-police Chief Frank Straub, pushing back on a report published by the British newspaper the …
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 5:36 p.m.
Ethics Commission again declines charges brought against Mayor Condon
Former City Council President Joe Shogan, whose ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon has now been dismissed twice by the city’s Ethics Commission, said he’ll refile one more time over …
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 12:49 p.m.
Kip Hill: My favorite stories of 2016
A murder-for-hire case, a presidential election, arcades, records, a scandal at City Hall - it was all in a year’s work.
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 5:32 p.m.
New deadline in works for harassment training agreed to following Condon ethics complaint
Sherry Jones, the National Organization of Women member who filed an ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon over the handling of a sexual harassment complaint against former Police Chief Frank …
Sun., Nov. 13, 2016
Spokane City Council to consider public records policy changes as part of Frank Straub settlement
Mayor David Condon proposed an addition to the city’s ethics code making intentionally withholding public records a penalty punishable at the city level. The change was a requirement in the …
Mon., Oct. 10, 2016, 8:20 p.m.
Craig Meidl gets City Council’s confirmation, will lead Spokane Police Department
After his initial appointment by Mayor David Condon caused a rift with the City Council, a majority voted Monday to confirm Craig Meidl as Spokane’s permanent police chief following the …
Fri., Sept. 30, 2016, 5:16 p.m.
Condon, City Council clash over mayor’s hiring/firing powers
The recent show of good faith between a City Council critical of human resources debacles and a reinvigorated Mayor David Condon could be sidetracked by a lingering dispute from the …
Wed., Sept. 28, 2016, 11:42 a.m.
Mayor David Condon settles ethics complaint, says city will work to reform harassment policies
The Spokane chapter of the National Organization of Women reached an agreement with the mayor’s office calling for the formation of a new task force to address issues of sexual …
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 12:41 p.m.
Doug Clark: Mayor should abandon his fix-is-in pick for chief, Craig Meidl
Tuesday night found me parked in the West Central Community Center gymnasium to watch the latest episode of Spokane’s seemingly endless game show… “Who Gets to be Police Chief?”
Tue., Sept. 20, 2016, 9:56 p.m.
Spokane police chief candidates address department culture in forum
Four candidates to become Spokane’s police chief answered questions from media and from the public on Tuesday.
Fri., Sept. 16, 2016, 12:54 p.m.
Spokane releases new batch of finalists for police chief; names include finalists from last list
Spokane has announced the finalists for the top police position. They are John Bruce of Frisco, Texas, Robert “Bob” Lehner of Elk Grove, Calif., Craig Meidl the interim police chief, …
Tue., Sept. 13, 2016, 2:09 p.m.
City Council, Mayor Condon announce desire to move on after recall petition tossed
A visiting judge Tuesday afternoon tossed a recall petition against Mayor David Condon.
Sun., Sept. 11, 2016
Mayor David Condon faces first test in recall showdown on Tuesday
Washington Laws make it more difficult than elsewhere to recall an elected official. Armed with an independent report on Mayor David Condon’s handling of turmoil in the Police Department, petitioner …
Tue., Aug. 30, 2016, 1:57 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Recalling the mayor doesn’t make much sense
Shawn Vestal: There are few things that make less sense for Spokane right now than a recall of the mayor.
Tue., Aug. 30, 2016, 12:25 p.m.
Visiting judge will review proposed recall of Mayor David Condon
The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office has submitted proposed ballot language on the possible recall of Spokane Mayor David Condon. A judge will consider if the proposed recall can move forward …
Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, 6:20 p.m.
City Council lays out timeline for new police chief search
The Spokane City Council is asking Mayor David Condon to name a new police chief appointment by Sept. 30. The process requested by the council would place police Capt. Brad …
Tue., Aug. 23, 2016, 6:23 p.m.
People involved in first round of police chief interviews cautiously optimistic about reboot
It’s unclear how the next round of police chief interviews will proceed following an 11th hour deal between the City Council and Mayor David Condon to reopen the process. But …
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016, 4:42 p.m.
Mayor bows to City Council, will put Craig Meidl through interviews for police chief job
The deal between the City Council and Mayor David Condon on Monday came hours before a confirmation vote was to be held on Craig Meidl’s nomination as police chief. Meidl …
Sun., Aug. 21, 2016, 4 a.m.
Craig Meidl faces political, salute-related challenges in bid for chief job
Craig Meidl will have to overcome a City Council that is at odds with the mayor over hiring authority and some members of the public still furious about his involvement …
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016, 6:25 p.m.
Meidl says he still wants police chief job, even without Stuckart’s support
In an interview Thursday, Craig Meidl said he wants to focus on reducing crime in Spokane and that he’s fine serving as chief without the support of City Council President …
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016, 2:16 p.m.
Former city attorney accuses Straub report author of libel in latest statement
The attorney representing Nancy Isserlis panned a letter sent this week enforcing the finding she was responsible for the delay of potentially damaging public records until after Mayor David Condon’s …
Wed., Aug. 17, 2016, 9:36 p.m.
At forum, police chief appointee Meidl grilled on Thompson salute
Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl declined to name the officer who called for a salute of former officer Karl Thompson in spite of repeated demands from audience members at a …
Tue., Aug. 16, 2016, 3:50 p.m.
Recall petition filed against Mayor Condon over Police Department actions
David Green, a local accountant and Democratic Party official, said he felt he needed “to get the ball rolling” on a recall effort against Mayor David Condon following the release …
Sun., Aug. 14, 2016, 4 a.m.
Doug Clark: Spokane City Council should reject Craig Meidl for police chief
Craig Meidl, Mayor David Condon’s double-cross selection for police chief, answered questions Thursday night in a crammed stuffy room at Spokane’s West Central Community Center. What this was supposed to …
Sun., Aug. 14, 2016
Editorial: City Hall turmoil self-inflicted
City Hall launched two processes designed to be transparent and inclusive. Both unraveled.
Thu., Aug. 11, 2016, 9:49 p.m.
Meidl addresses Thompson salute, desire for full City Hall buy-in at public forum
Craig Meidl said he was doing all he could to achieve community support following an unorthodox nomination for police chief by Mayor David Condon. He promised to build relationships between …
Wed., Aug. 10, 2016, 7:17 p.m.
Condon’s pick for city attorney drops out; former attorney blasts Straub report
Laura McAloon cites a “toxic” relationship with City Council President Ben Stuckart as her reason for dropping out of contention for the city attorney’s office. Stuckart says she didn’t have …