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Former Spokane mayor offers early praise for Condon

Former Spokane Mayor Sheri Barnard voted for Mary Verner.

But she’s impressed with the first several months of Mayor David Condon's administration.

“So far, I think the moves he’s made are excellent,” Barnard said.

Reached last week, Barnard said that Condon appears to be living up to his pledge to maintain nonpartisanship in the running of the mayor’s office.

Asked about Condon’s early start for campaign fundraising for 2015, Barnard said in general that she’s disgusted with the amount of money in politics, but that she didn’t know enough to comment about Condon’s efforts.

Barnard, who served as the city’s mayor in the early 1990s, has long been an advocate of police reform and criticized the work of former Assistant City Attorney Rocky Treppiedi, who was fired by Condon's new city attorney.

Condon arranged to meet with Barnard earlier this year to seek her advice about his new job.

“We just had a really nice chat,” Barnard said.

Jonathan Brunt
Jonathan Brunt joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. He is the government editor. He previously was a reporter who covered Spokane City Hall, Spokane County government and public safety.

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