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Editorial: City Hall probe losing significance

It’s clear the city will not be able to deliver on the promise of a complete and independent investigation. Even if the City Council plan were to go forward, key information could be withheld from the public.

Condon says Stuckart politicizing investigation into police chief firing

Mayor David Condon on Tuesday said it would be fiscally irresponsible to allow sensitive records and testimony in the firing of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub to be released and rejected the hiring of an additional attorney to assist the investigation. Council President Ben Stuckart accused Condon of trying to protect himself by concealing information.

Former Spokane city attorney will continue city labor work

A former city attorney and involved in the City Hall controversy regarding the firing of Spokane police Chief Frank Straub will remain working for the city on a temporary basis, after the Spokane Ethics Commission approved of the work this week. Erin Jacobson left the city earlier this month for a job with the employment and labor relations firm, Archbright. Jacobson worked at the city for six years as its chief labor attorney.

City Council considers next steps in Straub investigation

Key documents are being kept out of reach of the investigator looking into the circumstances surrounding the firing of police Chief Frank Straub, and another lawyer may be hired by the city to get those documents into her hands. In a briefing paper delivered to Spokane City Council members Monday, Councilman Breean Beggs recommended hiring Mike Harrington, a Seattle-based labor and employment lawyer who earned multiple degrees at Gonzaga University, to oversee the investigation and advise city officials on how to release the final investigative report.

Ten applicants so far for Spokane police chief job

Ten people have applied to be chief of the Spokane Police Department so far, which is considered a “high” number of applicants by the recruiter leading the search, according to Heather Lowe, the city’s human resources director.

Ex-Spokane police chief believes ouster was engineered, new filing says

After Spokane City Administrator Theresa Sanders and City Attorney Nancy Isserlis told former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub the reasons why he was being forced from City Hall, he came to believe his ouster was a “premeditated and engineered plan” by Mayor David Condon to help in his re-election, according to new court documents filed by Straub and his attorney, Mary Schultz.

Witness lists provide look into Straub investigation

Two witness lists for the ongoing Spokane City Hall investigation into the firing of former police Chief Frank Straub have shed some light into the inquiry, but the inner workings remain largely concealed from public view. The lists, which were part of a public records release sought by The Spokesman-Review, contain a total of 42 names of city employees. Straub and Monique Cotton, the police spokeswoman who made the accusation of sexual harassment against Straub that led to the continuing controversy, are absent from the list.

City Hall investigation into handling of Spokane police chief’s ouster derailed

The investigation into the firing of former police Chief Frank Straub has been derailed. Officials in Mayor David Condon’s administration and others privy to the bungled decision removing Straub have yet to talk, prompting City Council President Ben Stuckart to ask the mayor to force their cooperation with an investigator.

Spokane picks new spokeswomen for parks, public safety

The city of Spokane has hired two new spokeswomen for the police, fire and parks departments. Fianna Dickson will be the spokeswoman for the parks department. She begins at the end of the month and will earn about $78,800.