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Condon announces police culture audit will be completed by Gonzaga University students

More than three years after the Use of Force Commission recommended that Spokane leaders study the attitudes and culture within the Spokane Police Department, Mayor David Condon announced Friday the city will move forward with a culture audit. The Use of Force Commission, which was formed in response to the conviction of a Spokane police officer for violating the civil rights of Otto Zehm, made numerous recommendations for improving the department. The city moved forward on most the recommendations, but police leaders in 2015 said they didn’t believe a culture audit was necessary.

Mayor Condon selects Assistant Chief Craig Meidl to lead Spokane Police Department

Spokane Mayor David Condon bypassed all the candidates to be the next Spokane Police chief and selected Assistant Chief Craig Meidl to lead the department. The surprise announcement means Condon opted against hiring the two finalists who interviewed for the job last month in forums last month. They were Robert Lehner, the 61-year-old chief of police in Elk Grove, California, and Yakima Police Chief Dominic Rizzi Jr., 54.

Spokane city attorney nominee McAloon denies influencing Straub report

Laura McAloon said Saturday the 126-page report finding major issues in the handling of harassment investigations and public records requests at City Hall was not unduly influenced by her or fellow oversight committee member Rick Romero, contrary to implications from City Council members.

New city attorney in jeopardy, council members say

City Councilmembers on Wednesday renewed their call for an elected city attorney, following involvement from new hire Laura McAloon prior to a revised version of the report into former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub’s ouster that scrubbed Mayor David Condon’s name.

Panelists say police chief candidates qualified

The community leaders who discussed their interviews of police chief candidates Robert Lehner and Dominic Rizzi Jr. said the two appeared qualified to lead the department. Most cited some concern about sharing their opinion due to a confidentiality agreement that didn’t prevent them from weighing in.