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I am sorry for the turmoil the recent personnel matters have caused you and the community. No matter how well-intentioned our actions, we fell short of your expectations. You and Spokane deserve better from your leaders.
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 Association, which represents members of police brass.
More than three years after the Use of Force Commission recommended that Spokane leaders study the attitudes and culture within the Spokane Police Department, Mayor David Condon announced Friday the city will move forward with a culture audit. The Use of Force Commission, which was formed in response to the conviction of a Spokane police officer for violating the civil rights of Otto Zehm, made numerous recommendations for improving the department. The city moved forward on most the recommendations, but police leaders in 2015 said they didn’t believe a culture audit was necessary.
Spokane County Democrats Chair Jim CastroLang says Mayor David Condon should resign to avoid an “inevitable” recall effort.
Part II: “This has always been a hole Condon has insisted on digging ever deeper, out of defensiveness and a failure to treat the criticisms and questions as legitimate.”
The public will have at least two chances to question police chief nominee Craig Meidl. The City Council will consider his appoitnment at its Aug. 22 meeting.
The Seabold Group issued a two-page news release Thursday re-affirming the findings that members of Mayor David Condon’s staff, including City Administrator Theresa Sanders, blocked the release of records regarding Frank Straub until after Condon’s re-election. Sanders has said the findings are “defamatory.”
Craig Meidl, Spokane Mayor David Condon’s ambush appointment for police chief, is now really, really sorry for being one of the four dozen SPD goons who, in 2011, saluted convicted felon Karl Thompson Jr. in federal court.
Does the buck stop anywhere at City Hall? Or does it vanish into a black hole called the city attorney’s office?
Mayor David Condon will not immediately seek a confirmation vote for Craig Meidl, his choice to head the Spokane Police Department. Some city council members said not holding a hearing would violate the city’s charter and municipal code.
Spokane Mayor David Condon bypassed all the candidates to be the next Spokane Police chief and selected Assistant Chief Craig Meidl to lead the department. The surprise announcement means Condon opted against hiring the two finalists who interviewed for the job last month in forums last month. They were Robert Lehner, the 61-year-old chief of police in Elk Grove, California, and Yakima Police Chief Dominic Rizzi Jr., 54.
Doug Clark said the recent investigation into the city of Spokane’s ouster of former Police Chief Frank Straub validated his position that the incident “stunk like three-day-old road kill.”
Laura McAloon said Saturday the 126-page report finding major issues in the handling of harassment investigations and public records requests at City Hall was not unduly influenced by her or fellow oversight committee member Rick Romero, contrary to implications from City Council members.
The city of Spokane’s human resources policies need work - that’s one of the most forceful conclusions of an investigation of how city officials handled a sexual harassment complaint against former Police Chief Frank Straub and his subsequent dismissal.
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 Police Chief Frank Straub’s ouster that scrubbed Mayor David Condon’s name.
An independent investigator tasked with reviewing the city’s policies regarding harassment complaints and public records release in the wake of Frank Straub’s forced resignation ruled the mayor was not truthful ahead of his re-election.
Mayor David Condon is still weighing his options in naming Spokane’s next police chief, but City Council President Ben Stuckart wants a larger pool to pick from.
Spokane Mayor David Condon will be asked to testify before the city’s Ethics Commission about his denial of harassment complaints against former Police Chief Frank Straub in a news conference announcing the top cop’s ouster last fall.
The community leaders who discussed their interviews of police chief candidates Robert Lehner and Dominic Rizzi Jr. said the two appeared qualified to lead the department. Most cited some concern about sharing their opinion due to a confidentiality agreement that didn’t prevent them from weighing in.
Robert Lehner and Dominic Rizzi Jr. ended a day of interviews with community members at a public forum in the West Central neighborhood Wednesday night. Audience members said they appreciated the answers, but had difficulty developing insight on the new potential chiefs with such a short timetable.