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Jim McDevitt: Sanctuary city policies are a threat to public safety

Unfortunately, current 'sanctuary city' policy and directives originating from Olympia, as well as from major cities such as Seattle and Spokane, undercut not only cooperation among local, state and federal law enforcement officials, but also impair information sharing among these law enforcement partners.

Spokane Police Department – a report card

Jim McDevitt, who led the Spokane Police Department during the city’s search for a new chief, offers a “report card” on the department, with some recommendations for the next chief success.

Proposal to ban marijuana with strong alcohol gets public hearing in Spokane

Sen. Michael Baumgartner headed a meeting of local and state legislators Thursday discussing the potential to ban sales of marijuana where strong alcoholic drinks are already outlawed. But it’s unlikely that would occur in Spokane, where the majority of the City Council has no desire to limit sales.

Ten applicants so far for Spokane police chief job

Ten people have applied to be chief of the Spokane Police Department so far, which is considered a “high” number of applicants by the recruiter leading the search, according to Heather Lowe, the city’s human resources director.

Condon says he’ll hire next Spokane police chief by July 1

Spokane should have a new police chief on the job by July 1, Mayor David Condon said Tuesday. During a meeting that sometimes grew tense, Condon discussed the next hiring steps with members of a committee he appointed to advise him on a job description and qualities needed in a new chief.

Spokane interim police Chief Dobrow announces retirement

Interim Spokane Police Chief Rick Dobrow abruptly announced his retirement on Friday, throwing more uncertainty in the leadership of the department. The change at the top gives the department its fifth top leader in five years.

Condon, Mielke back Regional Justice Commission proposal

Local officials are backing a key recommendation coming out of a yearlong study of the region’s criminal justice system: creating a Regional Justice Commission with a paid, professional administrator to oversee reforms. Spokane Mayor David Condon and Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke on Friday said they are moving ahead with criminal justice reforms recommended by the experts who conducted the study.

Casino opponents criticize tribe-funded study

Critics of the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino and resort at Airway Heights took issue Wednesday with the findings of a consultant’s study that claimed the project poses no threat to nearby Fairchild Air Force Base. Jim McDevitt, a former U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington and a retired Washington Air National Guard chief of staff, said the tribe-funded study misrepresents Air Force flight records and misleads the community about the impact if a casino is built directly under the path of Fairchild training flights.