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The independence of Spokane’s police ombudsman dominated discussion at a Tuesday forum where community members questioned finalists for the job. Bart Logue, who’s been serving as the city’s interim ombudsman since February, answered questions at West Central Community Center alongside the other finalist, Jacquelyn MacConnell, a former Phoenix police officer.
Bart Logue, Spokane’s interim police ombudsman, wants his assistant to be able to access body camera footage captured by officers in the field. But the union representing officers argue the city’s laws prohibit that access and want to negotiate.
Police ombudsman Bart Logue wants Spokane residents to give him a goal. Speaking to about 15 people at a Tuesday night forum, Logue said he wanted to hear ideas about what an independent police ombudsman should accomplish on the job.
The community needs resolution more than additional deliberations. It needs to see someone doing the job. Someone they know will be around for awhile.
Based on my assessment, Mr. Logue has a substantially and materially better track record of constituent engagement and ombudsman-related policy implementation than Mr. Humayun.
After fifteen months of uncertainty and turmoil in the police ombudsman office, Mayor David Condon and Council President Ben Stuckart think it’s time to move on. In a letter to the police ombudsman commission, the pair urged commissioners to begin the process of appointing interim ombudsman Bart Logue to a permanent position. Logue, a former diplomat and Marine Corps provost marshal, has been serving as interim ombudsman since early February.
It looks like it was prudent for the Spokane police ombudsman commission to
Spokane’s police ombudsman commission voted Tuesday night to offer Bart Logue, a diplomat and former Marine Corps police chief, a temporary contract to serve as police ombudsman.