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A grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will allow the Spokane Fire Department to add 50 firefighters next year and staff the Alternative Response Unit program 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Spokane has announced the finalists for the top police position. They are John Bruce of Frisco, Texas, Robert “Bob” Lehner of Elk Grove, Calif., Craig Meidl the interim police chief, and Dominic Rizzi of Yakima, according to a city news release.
A visiting judge Tuesday afternoon tossed a recall petition against Mayor David Condon.
Mayor David Condon is not expected to be in the courtroom Tuesday afternoon. Superior Court Judge Blaine Gibson, of Yakima County, is scheduled to decide if a recall petition from local Democratic organizer and accountant David Green can move forward to the signature-collecting phase.
Washington Laws make it more difficult than elsewhere to recall an elected official. Armed with an independent report on Mayor David Condon’s handling of turmoil in the Police Department, petitioner David Green will make a case in what is likely the most important step toward whether Condon will be voted out of office.
Shawn Vestal: There are few things that make less sense for Spokane right now than a recall of the mayor.
The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office has submitted proposed ballot language on the possible recall of Spokane Mayor David Condon. A judge will consider if the proposed recall can move forward at a hearing on Monday afternoon.
The Spokane City Council is asking Mayor David Condon to name a new police chief appointment by Sept. 30. The process requested by the council would place police Capt. Brad Arleth back in the running for the job.
Fortunately, a compromise was forged between the mayor and two councilmembers, Lori Kinnear and Breean Beggs, who asked for more time to bring in candidates. The mayor agreed to that and to putting Meidl through the same vetting process.
The deal between the City Council and Mayor David Condon on Monday came hours before a confirmation vote was to be held on Craig Meidl’s nomination as police chief. Meidl had faced scrutiny after not applying for the chief job and participating in a courtroom salute of Karl Thompson.
Craig Meidl will have to overcome a City Council that is at odds with the mayor over hiring authority and some members of the public still furious about his involvement in a courtroom salute of Karl Thompson to be confirmed as Spokane’s next police chief.
In an interview Thursday, Craig Meidl said he wants to focus on reducing crime in Spokane and that he’s fine serving as chief without the support of City Council President Ben Stuckart. Stuckart told Spokesman-Review columnist Shawn Vestal on Thursday he’d vote against Meidl’s confirmation.
The attorney representing Nancy Isserlis panned a letter sent this week enforcing the finding she was responsible for the delay of potentially damaging public records until after Mayor David Condon’s re-election. John Spencer Stewart for the second time demanded a retraction, and this time accused Cappel of libel in her report.
Kris Cappel on Wednesday released her rebuttal of a letter from the legal team representing former City Attorney Nancy Isserlis, hinting that “personal reasons” stopped the now-resigned Isserlis from participating in the investigation. The letter is the latest in a series of public arguments about the findings of Cappel’s report.
David Green, a local accountant and Democratic Party official, said he felt he needed “to get the ball rolling” on a recall effort against Mayor David Condon following the release of a report on the handling of former Police Chief Frank Straub’s ouster.
Craig Meidl, Mayor David Condon’s double-cross selection for police chief, answered questions Thursday night in a crammed stuffy room at Spokane’s West Central Community Center. What this was supposed to accomplish, I haven’t a clue.
City Hall launched two processes designed to be transparent and inclusive. Both unraveled.
Craig Meidl said he was doing all he could to achieve community support following an unorthodox nomination for police chief by Mayor David Condon. He promised to build relationships between the community and police department and address issues of implicit racial bias among officers.
Laura McAloon cites a “toxic” relationship with City Council President Ben Stuckart as her reason for dropping out of contention for the city attorney’s office. Stuckart says she didn’t have the votes for confirmation. Nancy Isserlis, through an attorney, demanded a public apology following the report that cast a shadow on McAloon’s nomination.
Nancy Goodspeed alleges she was illegally replaced by Monique Cotton in the city’s Parks Department after Cotton alleged sexual harassment by her former boss, Frank Straub. When she returned to work, the city demanded a “fitness for duty” examination, which was discriminatory, a federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges.