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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.

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 …

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 …

Mayor David Condon picks Craig Meidl to be Spokane police chief – again

Unless the City Council pushes for a third round of finalist appearances, Craig Meidl will be Spokane’s next police chief.

Condon’s policy adviser and City Council liaison steps down

Tyler Whitney will return to the law firm Winston & Cashatt after serving a nine-month stint as the go-between for Mayor David Condon to the Spokane City Council.

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.

Mayor David Condon’s 2017 budget calls for 16 percent increase in spending and shift of police resources to property crimes

Spokane has the highest property-crime rate among Washington’s largest cities, a problem Mayor David Condon wants to address by moving police from patrol and traffic to investigations.

Federal grant will enable hiring of 50 new Spokane firefighters, extend medical services

A grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will allow the Spokane Fire Department to add 50 firefighters next year and staff the Alternative Response Unit program 24 hours a …

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 …

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 …

Editorial: Calm prevails in police search

Fortunately, a compromise was forged between the mayor and two councilmembers, Lori Kinnear and Breean Beggs, who asked for more time to bring in candidates. The mayor agreed to that …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Investigator accuses former Spokane City Attorney of ‘diversion tactics’ in Frank Straub probe

Kris Cappel on Wednesday released her rebuttal of a letter from the legal team representing former City Attorney Nancy Isserlis, hinting that “personal reasons” stopped the now-resigned Isserlis from participating …

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 …

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 …

Spokane Police Guild gives chief nominee Craig Meidl their blessing

The Spokane Police Guild this week voiced its support for Craig Meidl as the chief of police. Their endorsement follows a similar show of support from the Lieutenants and Captains …

New city attorney in jeopardy, council members say

City Councilmembers on Wednesday renewed their call for an elected city attorney, following involvement from new hire Laura McAloon prior to a revised version of the report into former Spokane …

Shawn Vestal: Division Street beautification a testament to possibility

For the longest time, “Division Street exit” was code for “Spokane’s ugly front door.” Now it’s an example of what Spokane can do.

Spokane’s ex-police Chief Frank Straub resigned, wasn’t fired, judge rules

An appeal of Judge Thomas O. Rice’s ruling from the bench Wednesday morning is likely, Straub’s attorney Mary Schultz said.

Spokane’s human resources director leaving city as Straub investigation continues

Another official involved the city’s handling of accusations made against former police Chief Frank Straub is leaving city employment. Human Resources Director Heather Lowe’s last day of work will be …

Spokane City Council approves funds for lawyers in Straub case

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart approved payments to the firm defending the city in a lawsuit against former Police Chief Frank Straub through mid-July, but asked that Mayor David …

Hire Logue as ombudsman

The community needs resolution more than additional deliberations. It needs to see someone doing the job. Someone they know will be around for awhile.

Editorial: Editorial: Investigation’s integrity on the line

The public’s greatest expectation from the City Hall probe is a full accounting of what people knew and when they knew it. And whether anyone should be held accountable.

Editorial: City Hall probe must be transparent

A letter from the City Attorney’s Office raises concerns that the Frank Straub investigation will be severely crimped.

One of three ethics complaints against Mayor Condon moves forward

The city’s Ethics Commission allowed one complaint against Spokane Mayor David Condon forward Wednesday, and dismissed others.

Fourth ethics complaint filed in Spokane sexual harassment controversy

A fourth ethics complaint has been lodged against Spokane Mayor David Condon for how he handled allegations of sexual harassment by former police Chief Frank Straub.

Smart Bombs: Mayor seduced by secrecy

By choosing secrecy, Condon ignored the lesson of all political scandals: Nobody wins when the truth is treated as the problem.