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Panel urges restarting chief search; mayor declines

Mayor David Condon said Wednesday that he is “very confident” one of two remaining finalists will be the next Spokane police chief, despite a law enforcement panel’s recommendation that he restart the search. Either Daniel Mahoney, the commanding officer of the Ingleside Police Station within the San Francisco Police Department, or Frank Straub, director of public safety in Indianapolis, will be the city’s next top cop.

Spokane mayor’s budget cuts 100 positions

Spokane Mayor David Condon on Wednesday rolled out a preliminary city budget for 2013 that cuts 100 positions, including police and fire jobs, but allows him to take a full salary of $169,000. Of the proposed job cuts, 65 of the positions are currently vacant, including 19 in the police department. The fire department would lose nine vacant firefighter positions.

Mayor, Stuckart award grant funds

Spokane Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart have announced a list of seven Economic Development Innovation Fund grants, using a competitive-bid process to hand out about $63,500 to area groups. The grant process modifies, but doesn’t replace, the city’s established practice of providing contributions to local organizations for economic development.

Mayor’s office becomes chat room

Early in his term, Mayor David Condon appeared frustrated with the city’s ability to stay in touch with its citizens. “It should be easier to contact the mayor and (for me) to get back to you,” Condon said in a televised call-in show with City Council President Ben Stuckart that aired live on KSPS in February.

Shawn Vestal: Who wins when cities privatize?

Once upon a time, an enthusiastic, reform-minded mayor took office. The mayor had concerns about the city’s business climate. He was eager to apply the benefits of the private sector to government. The enthusiastic, reform-minded mayor started small, contracting out a few street projects.

Park Board to consider Zehm memorial for Mission Park

The Spokane Park Board will consider a memorial for Otto Zehm on Monday, as was called for in a settlement between the city and Zehm’s estate. Mayor David Condon has recommended that a picnic shelter or similar facility in Mission Park be dedicated to Zehm, including a plaque that would read “In Memory of Otto Zehm.”

Mayor takes chief search to Indiana

The embattled top law enforcement official in Indianapolis will be among those considered for Spokane’s next chief of police. Mayor David Condon confirmed to The Spokesman-Review that he asked Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub to apply for the opening here, and Straub has told Indianapolis media outlets that he’s taken Condon up on the offer. The two met during Condon’s recent visit to Indianapolis, where the mayor met with government officials to learn more about their metro model of policing, which he’s exploring as a potential option for Spokane.

Northeast development panel applicants sought by city

City officials are searching for people interested in stimulating local economic growth to serve on a planning and development board for northeast Spokane. Last year, the city created the Northeast Public Development Authority, a group of volunteers who analyze and propose solutions to the economic issues of the area. People with business expertise and a desire to help should apply, said Mayor David Condon in a news release.

Mayor raising funds for re-election plans

Spokane Mayor David Condon is already building a campaign chest for a race in which he faces no opponent – at least not yet. Condon said at a news conference earlier this month that he intends to run for re-election in 2015.

Doug Clark: Thank you for turning poetic goal into reality

After last year’s edition of Spokane Street Music Week took in a record $8,300 despite grotesque weather conditions, a challenge was raised by some of my closest friends. “Go for $10 grand for the 10th anniversary,” they urged.

East Central center may switch to a nonprofit

In a cost-cutting move, city officials likely will convert the East Central Community Center to a nonprofit operation like Spokane’s other community centers. Twelve employees likely would lose their jobs by the end of the year if the transition happens.

Mayor delivers apology in person

Last week, Spokane Mayor David Condon hand-delivered to Ann Zehm what she has wanted for more than six years: an apology. Zehm, 84, is the mother of Otto Zehm, who died in 2006 at the age of 36 after he was mistakenly accused of theft and beaten, hog-tied and shocked by police in a Zip Trip convenience store on North Division Street.