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Chief shows sound judgment with suspension

This is an encouraging sign of leadership, especially for those who worried that promoting Meidl from within would produce an overly protective police chief.

Police chief designee Straub to get interim title of director

The Spokane City Council will consider a resolution Monday to appoint Frank Straub as director of law enforcement, not chief of police. To become police chief, Straub needs to be commissioned in Washington by attending a police academy or receiving a waiver, said city spokeswoman Marlene Feist. Straub and Mayor David Condon are hopeful the state Criminal Justice Training Commission will grant him a waiver based on his background so he doesn’t have to attend a five-month training course.

Doug Clark: New chief’s somber demeanor understandable

Wednesday afternoon found me at the City Hall of Mirrors where reporters and the gullible gathered on the second-floor terrace to hear Spokane Mayor David Condon make the following announcement: Frank Straub will be the next police chief.

Mayor selects Straub to lead police

Mayor David Condon’s choice to lead the Spokane Police Department has spent much of his career managing and working for large law enforcement agencies. But it’s medium-size police forces serving cities like Spokane where Frank Straub thinks the greatest innovation can occur. “If you really want to be innovative in policing and you really want to get things done in policing, you get much more done in a department this size than you do in an Indianapolis-size department or Chicago or New York,” said Straub at a City Hall news conference after he was introduced as Spokane’s new chief.

Chief finalist withdraws after resume questioned

Blair Ulring has withdrawn his name from the list of finalists for the next chief of the Spokane Police Department following questions about his academic credentials. The former chief of police in Stockton, Calif., listed on his resume a bachelor of science degree in 1997 and a master of science degree in 2002, both “summa cum laude,” from “La Salle University.”

Police chief candidates down to three

Blair Ulring has withdrawn his name from contention for the next chief of the Spokane Police following questions about his academic credentials.

Chief keeps eye on Seattle job

Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick told the Seattle Times that she is closely monitoring the search for a new Seattle chief but avoided saying if she plans to apply for the open job. Last year Kirkpatrick applied for the top job in San Francisco’s police department but downplayed the action and argued that as a woman leading a large department, she’s often recruited.