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Nancy Goodspeed alleges she was illegally replaced by Monique Cotton in the city’s Parks Department after Cotton alleged sexual harassment by her former boss, Frank Straub. When she returned to work, the city demanded a “fitness for duty” examination, which was discriminatory, a federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges.
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 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.”
Does the buck stop anywhere at City Hall? Or does it vanish into a black hole called the city attorney’s office?
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.”
A statement released Friday night by members of the Spokane Police Lieutenants and Captains Association to city elected officials says Mayor David Condon has not publicly acknowledged the scope of his failures in handling the ouster of former Chief Frank Straub, who was accused for years of abusive, vindictive behavior.
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.
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.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who questioned the selection of Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub in 2012, hasn't been asked for his opinion in the search for a new chief to replace Straub.
Former Spokane police chief Frank Straub has a new job at the Police Foundation in Washington D.C.
A decision on the final ethics complaint remaining against Spokane Mayor David Condon in relation to former police Chief Frank Straub’s ouster was deferred until after Ethics Commission members meet in a confidential “executive session” to discuss the complaint’s merits.
The City of Spokane expects to receive a report on the investigation into the departure of former Police Chief Frank Straub by July 15.
An appeal of Judge Thomas O. Rice’s ruling from the bench Wednesday morning is likely, Straub’s attorney Mary Schultz said.
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 Aug. 19, according to a city news release.
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 Condon agree to meet on the release of records in the case later this month.