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Sherry Jones, the National Organization of Women member who filed an ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon over the handling of a sexual harassment complaint against former Police Chief Frank Straub, is negotiating a new timeline for work to revise policies and train workers. Jones said the delay to the end of 2017 is necessary to make sure the work is done right and includes issues of pay equity between genders and discrimination in hiring and promotions.
The City’s Ethics Commission voted last month not to approve contracting with Rick Romero, the popular former utilities director who was the architect of the city’s integrated clean water plan. Romero continues to work as a volunteer on formulating the city’s plans through 2020, though he wants a formal role.
The Spokane City Council signed off on a $945 million spending plan that increases services for the poor and hires additional neighborhood resource officers to fight property crime. But Mayor David Condon’s realignment of his Cabinet did not earn universal approval.
Winter is coming, so grab a shovel. Or get someone else to keep your driveway free of snow.
Mayor David Condon proposed an addition to the city’s ethics code making intentionally withholding public records a penalty punishable at the city level. The change was a requirement in the settlement of a lawsuit brought against City Hall by Brian Breen, a retired Spokane police detective who requested records related to harassment claims against former police Chief Frank Straub that went unfulfilled for months.
The longest-serving fire chief in Spokane’s history will retire in January. Fire Chief Bobby Williams, who was named head of the Spokane Fire Department during Mayor Vicki McNeill’s administration, will step down after the new year. Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer will serve as interim chief during a national search for Williams’ replacement.
Both Spokane Mayor David Condon and the Spokane City Council want four new neighborhood resource officers in next year’s budget to battle property crime. They say the only way to fund those positions is to take a portion of the money paid by speeders near two of the city’s elementary schools to make up the budget shortfall of about half a million dollars.
A public records lawsuit filed in August by retired Spokane Police detective Brian Breen has been settled by the City of Spokane, though the City Council still has to approve the mediated agreement.
Is political divisiveness fouling Spokane’s business climate? Or is it fueling it?
After his initial appointment by Mayor David Condon caused a rift with the City Council, a majority voted Monday to confirm Craig Meidl as Spokane’s permanent police chief following the ouster of Frank Straub more than a year ago. City Councilwoman Karen Stratton voted against the nomination, saying concerns about Meidl’s past were too great to vote yes.
A single layer of asphalt will be laid down on Lincoln and Monroe streets downtown to allow full traffic flow during the winter, following a busy summer that left some downtown businesses jilted by a lack of access. City officials say full paving will be completed in the spring.
City Council members said they were confused by a proclamation from Mayor David Condon that would have recognized Christopher Columbus in Spokane on Monday. The council voted to rename the holiday “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in August at the request of local tribal members. The administration chalked the proclamation up to confusion about requests to honor the day.
Mayor David Condon believes that he can determine, on his own, which city laws to follow and which are “void.” Talk about a strong mayor.
Financial reports are trickling in to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission on the contributions and expenses related to the short-lived recall effort against Mayor David Condon.
The recent show of good faith between a City Council critical of human resources debacles and a reinvigorated Mayor David Condon could be sidetracked by a lingering dispute from the summer over the two sides’ authority on appointments to head departments.
The Spokane chapter of the National Organization of Women reached an agreement with the mayor’s office calling for the formation of a new task force to address issues of sexual harassment and pay inequity. As part of the agreement, the organization will drop its ethics complaint against Condon.
Unless the City Council pushes for a third round of finalist appearances, Craig Meidl will be Spokane’s next police chief.
Tyler Whitney will return to the law firm Winston & Cashatt after serving a nine-month stint as the go-between for Mayor David Condon to the Spokane City Council.
Four candidates to become Spokane’s police chief answered questions from media and from the public on Tuesday.
Spokane has the highest property-crime rate among Washington’s largest cities, a problem Mayor David Condon wants to address by moving police from patrol and traffic to investigations.