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Before an investigator has been hired or named, the Spokane City Council has written a letter directing the scope of the inquiry looking into the events that led to former police Chief Frank Straub’s ouster this fall.
Nancy Goodspeed, a former parks department spokeswoman for the city of Spokane, is demanding $1 million from the city following what she describes as a violation of state and federal laws, as well as retaliation and unlawful demands for her medical records from city officials.
A third ethics complaint has been filed against Spokane Mayor David Condon for “dishonesty” regarding how he handled accusations of sexual harassment against former police Chief Frank Straub and Straub’s forced resignation from the department.
Since being forced to resign as Spokane’s police chief in September, Frank Straub has been working on reports about how to keep the programs he implemented with the police department alive in the wake of his ouster.
By choosing secrecy, Condon ignored the lesson of all political scandals: Nobody wins when the truth is treated as the problem.
Spokane Mayor David Condon’s choice to investigate the handling of personnel matters at City Hall has been pushed aside because of growing concerns from city council members about the investigation’s independence.
The parks department will advertise the communications job currently held by former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton, opening it up to outside applicants.
The attorney representing ousted police Chief Frank Straub, Mary Schultz, said Tuesday the relationship between former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton and police Lt. Mark Griffiths has been unexamined by the city despite Griffiths’ central role in Straub’s forced resignation. She said it adds to the “illegitimacy” of its case against Straub.
They draw the curtains in a room of Spokane City Hall when the cameras roll. On Sept. 22, reporters were given eight minutes to rush to that room adjacent to the mayor’s office on the seventh floor, where the mayor’s lectern already was set up, and the three flags of country, state and city hung as backdrop for a hastily called news conference about the forced resignation of police Chief Frank Straub.
Mayor David Condon should not have had to explain the city’s cautious handling of complaints by then Spokane Police Department spokesman Monique Cotton. Nor why the timing of the release of records regarding her promotion – coming in the middle of one of the biggest natural disasters in city history and delayed until after the election – isn’t suspect.
Faced with a credible accusation of sexual harassment against the police chief he hired to restore credibility to the department, Mayor David Condon attempted to hide it – to pay the victim and leave the alleged offender right where he was, supervising other women.
Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said he is “severely disappointed” in Mayor David Condon for the handling of allegations of sexual harassment against former police Chief Frank Straub, saying he can’t trust Condon or members of his cabinet after being “lied to.” Stuckart is “working on a draft of a letter with a very long list of questions” for Condon, part of which questions the timing of a records release this week, even though those records show that Condon knew in April the police chief had been accused of harassment.
Nancy Goodspeed, the longtime spokeswoman for Spokane’s parks department, announced her resignation from the city Thursday after she said she was told her duties would change. Goodspeed had been making a gradual return to her duties after brain surgery as a result of Parkinson’s Disease, which kept her out of City Hall from February to August. In those intervening months, the city had moved police spokeswoman Monique Cotton to the parks department to act as its primary spokesperson.
The former police spokeswoman who was transferred out of the department earlier this year in an episode that has been linked to the eventual firing of police Chief Frank Straub said she was made to feel uncomfortable by a text sent to her by the chief. A message Monique Cotton received from Straub in 2013 said “See you soon. Love you. You are an awesome partner and best friend. You always will be!”
An investigation into an apparently illegal seizure of more than $13,000 cash from two suspected drug dealers by a Spokane police detective last year shows tension among police brass over a civil forfeiture unit created under former police Chief Frank Straub.
Recent turmoil in the Spokane Police Department doesn’t sound like the new-and-improved department that Mayor David Condon’s been bragging about.
Theresa Sanders and Brian Coddington shot back this week against claims they were dishonest during Frank Straub’s ouster, saying an ethics complaint is politically motivated and frivolous.
Ronald Reagan, a political hero of Spokane Mayor David Condon, famously asked voters in 1980, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” The answer that year was a resounding no, and Reagan entered the White House on a white horse.
Two Spokane police officers – a long-serving captain and a long-serving lieutenant – took a stand last year for honesty and credibility in the department. Or maybe that should be “honesty” and “credibility.”
Mayoral candidate Shar Lichty has filed an ethics complaint against two city employees who gave false information to the media, including the Spokesman-Review, in the lead-up to Frank Straub’s ouster from the Spokane Police Department.