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Spokane City Council gets pay raise in 2019, mayor’s salary stays flat

A volunteer panel of citizens handed the City Council and its leader raises of 3.5 percent and 6 percent, while keeping the mayor’s salary at $168,000. All are among the most well-paid elected officials in cities of similar size and type of government, according to research conducted by the review group.

Ethics Commission: Mayor David Condon honest in handling of Frank Straub questions

The final complaint targeting Mayor David Condon for his handling of the ouster of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub was unanimously dismissed by the city’s Ethics Commission on Wednesday, who said the complaint was fueled by opinions, not facts or evidence presented by former City Council President Joe Shogan.

Before Ethics Commission, Condon denies dishonesty in Frank Straub ouster

In testimony Wednesday afternoon at City Hall, Spokane Mayor David Condon repeatedly said his reason for requesting Frank Straub’s resignation in September 2015 was prompted by letters from police brass expressing a lack of confidence in the former police chief, not allegations of sexual harassment made by former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton.

Condon picks Matthew Antush as next Spokane Municipal Court judge

Matthew Antush was attending a Drug Court graduation Thursday when he received an important phone call. Antush walked out into the hallway and was instructed to call human resources to learn that he had just become a judge. “When I called back, I was told the mayor was going to announce (Friday) that he was going to appoint me,” Antush said. “I was stunned and pleased.”

Ethics Commission revives complaint against Mayor David Condon stemming from Frank Straub dismissal

The panel has agreed to listen to arguments in a complaint made by former City Council President Joe Shogan, who has filed multiple allegations against Mayor Condon for dishonesty in his handling of former police Chief Frank Straub’s ouster. Shogan introduced an affidavit from City Councilwoman Karen Stratton alleging dishonesty during a private meeting held before Straub’s dismissal was public.

Spokane City Council overrides Condon veto of campaign finance reporting law

Lawmakers stood firm in their support of the campaign finance law, pushed by City Council President Ben Stuckart, to require more stringent reporting of donors and cap contributions. Opponents, who sided with the mayor, argued the law disadvantaged those running against progressive incumbents on the council.

Mayor, police chief lament lack of Justice Department report on police reforms, tout work in the department

Mayor David Condon said Wednesday his appeal earlier this fall to the Trump administration to release a report highlighting the Spokane Police Department’s reform efforts sought to highlight the city’s three-year efforts to change police culture. It was not meant to criticize changes to the voluntary federal program, enacted under President Barack Obama, to review department policies and procedures.