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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 …


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 …


Former city attorney accuses Straub report author of libel in latest statement

The attorney representing Nancy Isserlis panned a letter sent this week enforcing the finding she was responsible for the delay of potentially damaging public records until after Mayor David Condon’s …


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 …


Condon’s pick for city attorney drops out; former attorney blasts Straub report

Laura McAloon cites a “toxic” relationship with City Council President Ben Stuckart as her reason for dropping out of contention for the city attorney’s office. Stuckart says she didn’t have …


Former parks spokeswoman Goodspeed sues Spokane for $1 million in wake of Straub ouster

Nancy Goodspeed alleges she was illegally replaced by Monique Cotton in the city’s Parks Department after Cotton alleged sexual harassment by her former boss, Frank Straub. When she returned to …


Shawn Vestal: The mayor’s Cotton-Straub mess ‘has been entirely self-inflicted’

Part II: “This has always been a hole Condon has insisted on digging ever deeper, out of defensiveness and a failure to treat the criticisms and questions as legitimate.”


Author of Straub investigation defends findings against Mayor David Condon’s staff

The Seabold Group issued a two-page news release Thursday re-affirming the findings that members of Mayor David Condon’s staff, including City Administrator Theresa Sanders, blocked the release of records regarding …


Shawn Vestal: Cappel report’s biggest revelation is how much still hasn’t been revealed

Does the buck stop anywhere at City Hall? Or does it vanish into a black hole called the city attorney’s office?


Mayor Condon selects Assistant Chief Craig Meidl to lead Spokane Police Department

Spokane Mayor David Condon bypassed all the candidates to be the next Spokane Police chief and selected Assistant Chief Craig Meidl to lead the department. The surprise announcement means Condon …


Doug Clark: Time for a do-over on 2015 mayoral election

Doug Clark said the recent investigation into the city of Spokane’s ouster of former Police Chief Frank Straub validated his position that the incident “stunk like three-day-old road kill.”


UPDATED: Sat., July 30, 2016

Spokane police leaders union cites mayor for ‘failure’ dealing with chief

A statement released Friday night by members of the Spokane Police Lieutenants and Captains Association to city elected officials says Mayor David Condon has not publicly acknowledged the scope of …


Spokane city attorney nominee McAloon denies influencing Straub report

Laura McAloon said Saturday the 126-page report finding major issues in the handling of harassment investigations and public records requests at City Hall was not unduly influenced by her or …


Report highlights deficiencies in city of Spokane’s workplace policies

The city of Spokane’s human resources policies need work - that’s one of the most forceful conclusions of an investigation of how city officials handled a sexual harassment complaint against …


New city attorney in jeopardy, council members say

City Councilmembers on Wednesday renewed their call for an elected city attorney, following involvement from new hire Laura McAloon prior to a revised version of the report into former Spokane …


UPDATED: Wed., July 27, 2016

Report: City officials intentionally withheld information about Straub ouster until after election

An independent investigator tasked with reviewing the city’s policies regarding harassment complaints and public records release in the wake of Frank Straub’s forced resignation ruled the mayor was not truthful …


Ethics Commission wants to hear mayor’s testimony in Frank Straub ouster

Spokane Mayor David Condon will be asked to testify before the city’s Ethics Commission about his denial of harassment complaints against former Police Chief Frank Straub in a news conference …


Panelists say police chief candidates qualified

The community leaders who discussed their interviews of police chief candidates Robert Lehner and Dominic Rizzi Jr. said the two appeared qualified to lead the department. Most cited some concern …


Frank Straub, former Spokane police chief, lands new job in D.C.

Former Spokane police chief Frank Straub has a new job at the Police Foundation in Washington D.C.


City Ethics Commission defers decision on final complaint against Condon

A decision on the final ethics complaint remaining against Spokane Mayor David Condon in relation to former police Chief Frank Straub’s ouster was deferred until after Ethics Commission members meet …


Investigation of ex-police chief’s departure to be finished by July 15, Spokane officials say

The City of Spokane expects to receive a report on the investigation into the departure of former Police Chief Frank Straub by July 15.


Spokane’s ex-police Chief Frank Straub resigned, wasn’t fired, judge rules

An appeal of Judge Thomas O. Rice’s ruling from the bench Wednesday morning is likely, Straub’s attorney Mary Schultz said.


Spokane’s human resources director leaving city as Straub investigation continues

Another official involved the city’s handling of accusations made against former police Chief Frank Straub is leaving city employment. Human Resources Director Heather Lowe’s last day of work will be …


Spokane City Council approves funds for lawyers in Straub case

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart approved payments to the firm defending the city in a lawsuit against former Police Chief Frank Straub through mid-July, but asked that Mayor David …


Editorial: City Hall probe losing significance

It’s clear the city will not be able to deliver on the promise of a complete and independent investigation. Even if the City Council plan were to go forward, key …