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Ethics Commission: Mayor David Condon honest in handling of Frank Straub questions

The final complaint targeting Mayor David Condon for his handling of the ouster of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub was unanimously dismissed by the city’s Ethics Commission on Wednesday, who said the complaint was fueled by opinions, not facts or evidence presented by former City Council President Joe Shogan.

Before Ethics Commission, Condon denies dishonesty in Frank Straub ouster

In testimony Wednesday afternoon at City Hall, Spokane Mayor David Condon repeatedly said his reason for requesting Frank Straub’s resignation in September 2015 was prompted by letters from police brass expressing a lack of confidence in the former police chief, not allegations of sexual harassment made by former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton.

Ethics Commission revives complaint against Mayor David Condon stemming from Frank Straub dismissal

The panel has agreed to listen to arguments in a complaint made by former City Council President Joe Shogan, who has filed multiple allegations against Mayor Condon for dishonesty in his handling of former police Chief Frank Straub’s ouster. Shogan introduced an affidavit from City Councilwoman Karen Stratton alleging dishonesty during a private meeting held before Straub’s dismissal was public.

Culture audit: Spokane Police say they need more officers, stable leadership

Participants in a culture audit conducted by researchers at Gonzaga University say the Spokane Police Department needs additional resources and a steady hand at the wheel to operate efficiently. The audit fulfills a recommendation made by the Justice Department in its review of the department handed down more than two years ago.

Ethics Commission again declines charges brought against Mayor Condon

Former City Council President Joe Shogan, whose ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon has now been dismissed twice by the city’s Ethics Commission, said he’ll refile one more time over the mayor’s alleged dishonesty in the ouster of former Police Chief Frank Straub.

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.

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.

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.