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Former Spokane city attorney will continue city labor work

A former city attorney and involved in the City Hall controversy regarding the firing of Spokane police Chief Frank Straub will remain working for the city on a temporary basis, after the Spokane Ethics Commission approved of the work this week. Erin Jacobson left the city earlier this month for a job with the employment and labor relations firm, Archbright. Jacobson worked at the city for six years as its chief labor attorney.

Ex-Spokane police chief believes ouster was engineered, new filing says

After Spokane City Administrator Theresa Sanders and City Attorney Nancy Isserlis told former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub the reasons why he was being forced from City Hall, he came to believe his ouster was a “premeditated and engineered plan” by Mayor David Condon to help in his re-election, according to new court documents filed by Straub and his attorney, Mary Schultz.

Gender could be more important majority in city, county government

For the first time since the territorial government was led by Glovers and Cannons and Comstocks, a majority of women hold seats on the Spokane City Council. Also for the first time, two women occupy the majority of the three county commission seats. It’s a 6-4 local government majority.

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.

Records unveil layers of secrecy at Spokane City Hall

They draw the curtains in a room of Spokane City Hall when the cameras roll. On Sept. 22, reporters were given eight minutes to rush to that room adjacent to the mayor’s office on the seventh floor, where the mayor’s lectern already was set up, and the three flags of country, state and city hung as backdrop for a hastily called news conference about the forced resignation of police Chief Frank Straub.

Top city administrator fined $75 for ethics violation

Spokane Mayor David Condon’s top administrator has acknowledged violating the city ethics code rule barring dishonesty. At issue are answers given by Spokane City Administrator Theresa Sanders and city spokesman Brian Coddington in interviews with The Spokesman-Review in the weeks and hours before Police Chief Frank Straub was forced out of office Sept. 22.

Officials gave false details leading up to chief’s resignation

In the weeks, days and hours leading to the ouster of Spokane’s police chief, city officials provided incorrect information to the public about growing concerns among police employees about Chief Frank Straub’s leadership. Even Tuesday’s news release publicly announcing Straub had resigned said his departure was “to pursue new opportunities and be closer to family.” The fact that he had been forced out because of what some in the department considered brash and unprofessional management was not disclosed until Mayor David Condon suggested so in a news conference soon after the news release was distributed.

Spokane city administrator defends transfer of spokeswoman Monique Cotton

Spokane City Administrator Theresa Sanders said Wednesday she takes responsibility for the decision to transfer a police department spokeswoman to the parks department, a move that raised questions among some park board and City Council members. Monique Cotton left her position as the Spokane Police Department’s spokeswoman in May to join the parks department, but her salary is still funded through the police budget.