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Meidl should decline

Craig Meidl could be the perfect candidate for Spokane police chief, with qualities appreciated by all. Would such presumed sterling qualities make a difference in his reception?

Mayor Condon insulted the voluntary efforts of the very citizens he recruited to provide advice. He wasted city funds to hire a recruiting firm whose work he decided to blow off. He ultimately even insulted his hand-picked search commission and its proffered candidates.

Meidl should be ashamed to receive such favored treatment. Whatever his tarnished history as part of the Thompson affair, as a matter of regaining honor he should reject favoritism. Favoritism only increases the justifiable suspicion he could not withstand the thorough vetting given the alternative candidates. Favoritism only darkens the cloud over his head. How could his fellow officers ever be fully confident that he had merited his position?

Craig should reconsider and decline this unsolicited and unwise offer. Dysfunction within our city government must end.

David Plemons


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