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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017

Sheriff’s Office recommends three domestic violence charges against Spokane police officer

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is recommending that prosecutors to refile a charge of domestic violence assault against a Spokane police officer in a case that was dismissed in July.


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017

Lt. Tracie Meidl promoted to lead Spokane’s south precinct following brief stint in IA

Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl confirmed command staff changes that promote Lt. Tracie Meidl, his wife, to head the city’s south precinct later this summer. Craig Meidl was not involved …


City Council seeks more control of how Police Department uses seized funds

The panel is set to vote on a bill Monday that will put the spending of money seized from suspected criminals under their authority and require regular public reports.


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017

New tax on sodas could be Spokane City Council’s answer to police staffing woes

Mayor David Condon said the city has recruited 29 new police officers over the past several years in response to a cultural audit that found many Spokane police personnel felt …


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017

Political infighting between Spokane police, prosecutors, medical examiner leaves death investigations unsolved

A unusual dispute between investigators, prosecutors and the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s office regarding the findings of a 2012 autopsy has allowed a man linked to two Spokane killings to …


Police Chief Craig Meidl’s wife will lead Internal Affairs amid command staff changes

Newly appointed police Chief Craig Meidl said he needs to rotate his top officers through different roles to ensure they’re well-rounded and experienced in different administrative tasks. His wife, Lt. …


New Chief Craig Meidl, Councilman Breean Beggs say Spokane should hire consultant to mend police-community relations

With some tension still looming over the Spokane Police Department, city officials want to hire a consultant to facilitate “a formal process for reconciliation” with the community.


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 …


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 …


Mayor David Condon picks Craig Meidl to be Spokane police chief – again

Unless the City Council pushes for a third round of finalist appearances, Craig Meidl will be Spokane’s next police chief.


Doug Clark: Mayor should abandon his fix-is-in pick for chief, Craig Meidl

Tuesday night found me parked in the West Central Community Center gymnasium to watch the latest episode of Spokane’s seemingly endless game show… “Who Gets to be Police Chief?”


Spokane police chief candidates address department culture in forum

Four candidates to become Spokane’s police chief answered questions from media and from the public on Tuesday.


Mayor David Condon’s 2017 budget calls for 16 percent increase in spending and shift of police resources to property crimes

Spokane has the highest property-crime rate among Washington’s largest cities, a problem Mayor David Condon wants to address by moving police from patrol and traffic to investigations.


Spokane releases new batch of finalists for police chief; names include finalists from last list

Spokane has announced the finalists for the top police position. They are John Bruce of Frisco, Texas, Robert “Bob” Lehner of Elk Grove, Calif., Craig Meidl the interim police chief, …


Mayor David Condon faces first test in recall showdown on Tuesday

Washington Laws make it more difficult than elsewhere to recall an elected official. Armed with an independent report on Mayor David Condon’s handling of turmoil in the Police Department, petitioner …


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City Council lays out timeline for new police chief search

The Spokane City Council is asking Mayor David Condon to name a new police chief appointment by Sept. 30. The process requested by the council would place police Capt. Brad …


Editorial: Calm prevails in police search

Fortunately, a compromise was forged between the mayor and two councilmembers, Lori Kinnear and Breean Beggs, who asked for more time to bring in candidates. The mayor agreed to that …


People involved in first round of police chief interviews cautiously optimistic about reboot

It’s unclear how the next round of police chief interviews will proceed following an 11th hour deal between the City Council and Mayor David Condon to reopen the process. But …


Mayor bows to City Council, will put Craig Meidl through interviews for police chief job

The deal between the City Council and Mayor David Condon on Monday came hours before a confirmation vote was to be held on Craig Meidl’s nomination as police chief. Meidl …


Craig Meidl faces political, salute-related challenges in bid for chief job

Craig Meidl will have to overcome a City Council that is at odds with the mayor over hiring authority and some members of the public still furious about his involvement …


Shawn Vestal: Lack of public involvement leads Stuckart to reject Meidl’s appointment as police chief

City Council President Ben Stuckart said Thursday that he would vote against Craig Meidl’s appointment as Spokane’s police chief Monday night. He will urge his fellow council members to do …


Meidl says he still wants police chief job, even without Stuckart’s support

In an interview Thursday, Craig Meidl said he wants to focus on reducing crime in Spokane and that he’s fine serving as chief without the support of City Council President …


At forum, police chief appointee Meidl grilled on Thompson salute

Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl declined to name the officer who called for a salute of former officer Karl Thompson in spite of repeated demands from audience members at a …


Recall petition filed against Mayor Condon over Police Department actions

David Green, a local accountant and Democratic Party official, said he felt he needed “to get the ball rolling” on a recall effort against Mayor David Condon following the release …


Doug Clark: Spokane City Council should reject Craig Meidl for police chief

Craig Meidl, Mayor David Condon’s double-cross selection for police chief, answered questions Thursday night in a crammed stuffy room at Spokane’s West Central Community Center. What this was supposed to …


Editorial: City Hall turmoil self-inflicted

City Hall launched two processes designed to be transparent and inclusive. Both unraveled.


Meidl addresses Thompson salute, desire for full City Hall buy-in at public forum

Craig Meidl said he was doing all he could to achieve community support following an unorthodox nomination for police chief by Mayor David Condon. He promised to build relationships between …


Spokane Police Guild gives chief nominee Craig Meidl their blessing

The Spokane Police Guild this week voiced its support for Craig Meidl as the chief of police. Their endorsement follows a similar show of support from the Lieutenants and Captains …