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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2012

Burns to stay longer as Police Ombudsman

The city announced today that Spokane Mayor David Condon will extend the contract of Police Ombudsman Tim Burns until the end of the year. He previously was set to leave …


Doug Clark: Discrepancies abound in ombudsman criteria

The bombshell caught Spokane by surprise. Mayor David Condon says he WON’T renew Tim Burns’ contract as the city’s so-called police ombudsman. The mayor is not without a heart, however.


Council may fight ombudsman move

The Spokane City Council appears ready to challenge Mayor David Condon’s decision to dismiss the city’s first police ombudsman. Tim Burns, who helped pioneer Spokane’s still-fledgling police oversight program, was …


Police ombudsman to depart in October

Spokane’s first police ombudsman will soon be out of a job, and the city may be without a permanent replacement for several months. Mayor David Condon has decided not to …


Burns out as Spokane’s police ombudsman

Spokane’s first police ombudsman will soon be out of a job, and the city may be without a permanent ombudsman for several months.


Vestal: Mayor’s proposed cuts come at price of safety

Mayor David Condon’s proposed city budget accomplishes his main objective: keeping his campaign promise not to raise taxes. It does not, however, do what he says it does: preserve the …


Clark: Condon needs to know when to fold ’em in chief search

A few years ago I made some extra dough moonlighting as the on-air reporter for Northern Quest Casino’s televised poker tournaments. It was a great gig while it lasted. Not …


Panel urges restarting chief search; mayor declines

Mayor David Condon said Wednesday that he is “very confident” one of two remaining finalists will be the next Spokane police chief, despite a law enforcement panel’s recommendation that he …


Spokane mayor’s budget cuts 100 positions

Spokane Mayor David Condon on Wednesday rolled out a preliminary city budget for 2013 that cuts 100 positions, including police and fire jobs, but allows him to take a full …


Mayor’s office becomes chat room

Early in his term, Mayor David Condon appeared frustrated with the city’s ability to stay in touch with its citizens. “It should be easier to contact the mayor and (for …


Shawn Vestal: Who wins when cities privatize?

Once upon a time, an enthusiastic, reform-minded mayor took office. The mayor had concerns about the city’s business climate. He was eager to apply the benefits of the private sector …


Condon picks four finalists for police chief

Spokane Mayor David Condon has selected four finalists he’s considering to be the city’s next police chief.


Park Board to consider Zehm memorial for Mission Park

The Spokane Park Board will consider a memorial for Otto Zehm on Monday, as was called for in a settlement between the city and Zehm’s estate. Mayor David Condon has …


Mayor takes chief search to Indiana

The embattled top law enforcement official in Indianapolis will be among those considered for Spokane’s next chief of police. Mayor David Condon confirmed to The Spokesman-Review that he asked Indianapolis …


Northeast development panel applicants sought by city

City officials are searching for people interested in stimulating local economic growth to serve on a planning and development board for northeast Spokane. Last year, the city created the Northeast …


Mayor raising funds for re-election plans

Spokane Mayor David Condon is already building a campaign chest for a race in which he faces no opponent – at least not yet. Condon said at a news conference …


Doug Clark: Thank you for turning poetic goal into reality

After last year’s edition of Spokane Street Music Week took in a record $8,300 despite grotesque weather conditions, a challenge was raised by some of my closest friends. “Go for …


Mayor delivers apology in person

Last week, Spokane Mayor David Condon hand-delivered to Ann Zehm what she has wanted for more than six years: an apology. Zehm, 84, is the mother of Otto Zehm, who …


Firefighter contract negotiations stall

Spokane city administrators and firefighters have reached an impasse in contract negotiations following the rejection of a proposed contract agreed to by former Mayor Mary Verner. The Spokane Firefighters Union …


Condon fires city treasurer

Spokane Mayor David Condon on Wednesday fired another high-ranking administrator. Ellen Hung, the city’s treasurer, was told Wednesday that she will be terminated, said Spokane’s Chief Financial Officer Gavin Cooley.


Complaint going to mayor

A disagreement between the interim Spokane police chief and the police ombudsman about the handling of a recent complaint is getting the mayor’s attention. Ombudsman Tim Burns is asking Mayor …


Finding culture another home

Spokane Arts Director Karen Mobley says that by the end of the year she’ll likely be out of a job. Her bosses won’t go that far. Nothing has been finalized, …


Scales may tip against consumers

Spokane was the first city in Washington to create a program to ensure customers got what they paid for. But with another budget shortfall to fix, city leaders are proposing …


Mayor changes utilities chief, services

Spokane Mayor David Condon has assembled his team. At a news conference Friday he announced several changes in leadership and shifts at City Hall that he said finalizes changes to …


Condon sped resolution by calling end to blame-Otto game

Tuesday morning, after the first full day of mediation in the Otto Zehm family’s lawsuit against the city of Spokane, there was no deal in sight. A group of attorneys …


Activist’s referendum targets new city law

Changes to the way citizens can sidestep elected leaders to pass their own laws received the endorsement on Wednesday of Mayor David Condon. But there will be more steps before …


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 …


Tab tax work stalls

More than half the money allotted for street paving and improvements this year from Spokane’s new vehicle tab tax may not be spent in 2012, as officials debate whether to …


City Hall remodel focuses on users

A plan to remodel the first floor of Spokane City Hall to make it more customer-friendly could cost more than $1.4 million. Moving services to the ground floor that are …


Elected leaders work to solve Geiger closure

Just days after announcing the expected closing of Geiger Corrections Center, city and county leaders issued a joint news release today vowing to work together to solve the expected impacts …