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City Hall launched two processes designed to be transparent and inclusive. Both unraveled.
Craig Meidl said he was doing all he could to achieve community support following an unorthodox nomination for police chief by Mayor David Condon. He promised to build relationships between the community and police department and address issues of implicit racial bias among officers.
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.
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.
A union for the city’s police brass released a statement Wednesday supporting the appointment of Craig Meidl as the department’s new chief. The Lieutenants and Captains Association’s statement cited Meidl’s two decades of experience in the department.
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.
Newly-appointed Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl offered an apology for the hurt caused by his salute of former officer Karl Thompson following Thompson's conviction for violating civil rights in the death of Otto Zehm.
In an interview Tuesday, newly-appointed Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl offered an apology to the community for saluting Karl Thompson, the officer convicted of civil rights violations in the death of Otto Zehm, as Thompson was led from a federal courtroom.
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.
The Spokane Police Department received a new, but possibly temporary, command structure this month as it waits for the selection of new police chief.
New leader of Spokane NAACP is bringing a fresh and effective style during tumultuous times.
Black lives matter. Blue lives matter. Everyone’s life matters.
The next Spokane police chief may not have the same ability as former Chief Frank Straub to hire and fire top staff if a proposal by City Council President Ben Stuckart is approved by the council in coming weeks.
The former Spokane Police Guild president accused of aiding a fellow officer charged with rape will remain on paid leave pending the outcome of a misdemeanor criminal case against him.
Spokane law enforcement got a $300,000 surprise in 2016 state budget, money to fight property crimes.
An internal investigation into a Spokane Police Department’s captain showed concerns over moving furniture from the downtown precinct came from city administrators.
City leaders have no plans to begin a search for a permanent police chief after the Tuesday ouster of Frank Straub, a move police reform advocates say is a mistake. Assistant Chief Rick Dobrow, a 21-year veteran of the Spokane Police Department, was appointed interim chief Tuesday. Though he doesn’t meet the minimum qualifications for the chief job, city officials say he’s well-positioned to rebuild trust with officers after Straub’s divisive management.