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City of Spokane facing $1 million demand from former parks spokeswoman

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.

Third ethics complaint filed against Mayor David Condon

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.

Straub expected to finish work on reports next week

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.

Smart Bombs: Mayor seduced by secrecy

By choosing secrecy, Condon ignored the lesson of all political scandals: Nobody wins when the truth is treated as the problem.

Mayor’s choice for investigator scuttled

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.

Straub attorney questions motivation of police union officer in chief’s ouster

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.

Records unveil layers of secrecy at Spokane City Hall

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.

Editorial: City, public would’ve benefited from formal investigation into Straub complaints

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.

Stuckart: Mayor Condon lied about sexual harassment claim

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.

Spokane parks spokeswoman resigns after police spokeswoman shifted into her role

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.

Former police spokeswoman said text from Straub made her ‘uncomfortable’

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!”