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New deadline in works for harassment training agreed to following Condon ethics complaint

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.

Spokane City Council to consider public records policy changes as part of Frank Straub settlement

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.

Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams to retire in January after 28 years at helm

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.

Spokane City Hall wants to use school-zone camera windfall to hire more police

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.

Craig Meidl gets City Council’s confirmation, will lead Spokane Police Department

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.

Columbus Day confusion at City Hall ends with rescinded proclamation

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.

Condon, City Council clash over mayor’s hiring/firing powers

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.