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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.

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.

Third ethics complaint filed against Mayor David Condon

A third ethics complaint has been filed against Spokane Mayor David Condon for “dishonesty” regarding how he handled accusations of sexual harassment against former police Chief Frank Straub and Straub’s forced resignation from the department.

Stuckart, Salvatori face ethics complaints

A pair of ethics complaints have been filed against Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart and Councilman Steve Salvatori over sending taxpayer money initally allocated for a council assistant to hand-picked community groups instead. The first, filed by former Council President Joe Shogan, accuses Salvatori of violating conflict of interest prohibitions by failing to disclose personal ties to one of the groups, a business startup booster called Spokane Angel Alliance. The second was filed by former Councilman Steve Eugster, who contends all of Salvatori’s redirected spending was improper and constitutes illegal gifts of public funds.

Browne’s Addition OKs youth program funds

At its regular meeting on June 5, the Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council voted in favor of giving $37,000 in community development funds toward the move of Peaceful Valley Community Center’s youth program to All Saints Lutheran Church, 314 S. Spruce St. The money will be used for remodeling at the church.

Why city chose to blame Zehm remains unexplained

Spokane city leaders finally are admitting that mistakes were made during a 2006 police confrontation that led to the death of Spokane resident Otto Zehm. But it remains unclear if the city will answer a key question, one that officials have suggested for months would be explained. Why did city attorneys make official claims in 2009 that Zehm was responsible for his own death and that force used against him was “reasonable and necessary,” even though by that time then-Assistant Chief Jim Nicks had told a grand jury that the response likely violated department policy?

Condon to keep salary at $100K for 2012

Spokane Mayor David Condon will hold his salary at $100,000 this year as promised, despite the recent controversy over his predecessor’s pay. But he said he will review his options and the city’s legal opinions and may take more next year.

Votes usher in new power

There’s a new majority in town. The Spokane City Council’s new, more conservative majority flexed its muscle in its first meeting of the year on Monday when it voted 4-2 to strip an automatic appointment of the Spokane City Council president to the Spokane Airport Board.

New council already has its feathers ruffled

The honeymoon period for the new Spokane City Council may have ended before its first regular meeting, with a debate about which council member should represent the city on the Spokane Airport Board highlighting the dynamics of the new council. Voters in November elected four new members to the seven-person council, resulting in a more conservative majority. The number of members affiliated with the Republican Party is now four, compared with one of seven on the previous council. Even so, the council will be led by new City Council President Ben Stuckart, who was backed by the Democratic Party.

Shogan aside draws protest

After years of frustration over Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan’s temper, a majority of council members for the first time this week engaged in a minor protest of Shogan’s behavior during a council meeting. When he leaves office at year’s end, he may be ending his tenure on a sour note.