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Condon says Stuckart politicizing investigation into police chief firing

Mayor David Condon on Tuesday said it would be fiscally irresponsible to allow sensitive records and testimony in the firing of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub to be released …


City Council votes to retain additional lawyer in Frank Straub investigation

The proposal by Councilman Breean Beggs would allow investigator Kris Cappel to review documents and testimony from city attorneys wary about violating ethical codes. It requires a signature from Mayor …


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, …


Council president says Spokane Police Department has too many nonunion top jobs

The next Spokane police chief may not have the same ability as former Chief Frank Straub to hire and fire top staff if a proposal by City Council President Ben …


Spokane City Council president says he won’t approve more money for legal fees until investigator gets needed information

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said Monday he will vote against funding legal fees related to the lawsuit brought against the city by former police Chief Frank Straub until …


Shawn Vestal: Throwing an invisibility cloak over Straub investigation not in citizens’ best interest

So the new plan emerging from Spokane City Hall is to complete the investigation into the firing of Frank Straub by creating a new zone of secrecy for the administration.



City Council considers next steps in Straub investigation

Key documents are being kept out of reach of the investigator looking into the circumstances surrounding the firing of police Chief Frank Straub, and another lawyer may be hired by …


Ten applicants so far for Spokane police chief job

Ten people have applied to be chief of the Spokane Police Department so far, which is considered a “high” number of applicants by the recruiter leading the search, according to …


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 …


Witness lists provide look into Straub investigation

Two witness lists for the ongoing Spokane City Hall investigation into the firing of former police Chief Frank Straub have shed some light into the inquiry, but the inner workings …


Washington AG asked to clarify when information can be released from secret sessions

Spokane legislator wants legal opinion on what information must be kept secret from executive sessions.


Editorial: Editorial: Investigation’s integrity on the line

The public’s greatest expectation from the City Hall probe is a full accounting of what people knew and when they knew it. And whether anyone should be held accountable.


Mayor Condon says he’d like city attorney to participate in investigation into police chief’s firing

Spokane Mayor David Condon said he’d like City Attorney Nancy Isserlis to cooperate in the investigation examining the firing of police Chief Frank Straub, in an interview with The Spokesman-Review’s …


Shawn Vestal: Refusal to talk to investigator communicates contempt for the public

City Hall employees who refuse to talk to an investigator looking into the firing of Police Chief Frank Straub are communicating nonetheless. Their contempt for the public is loud and …


City Hall investigator says critics of the process are ‘uninformed’

The former federal prosecutor examining the firing of police Chief Frank Straub is pushing back against accusations that her investigation of Spokane City Hall is flawed.


City Hall investigation into handling of Spokane police chief’s ouster derailed

The investigation into the firing of former police Chief Frank Straub has been derailed. Officials in Mayor David Condon’s administration and others privy to the bungled decision removing Straub have …


Spokane City Council agrees to $25,000 contract to help find next police chief

The Spokane City Council unanimously approved spending $25,000 on Monday to hire a consulting firm to help in the search for a new police chief. The firm, Strategic Government Resources, …


Spokane picks new spokeswomen for parks, public safety

The city of Spokane has hired two new spokeswomen for the police, fire and parks departments. Fianna Dickson will be the spokeswoman for the parks department. She begins at the …


Former Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession to help oversee attorneys defending city in Straub lawsuit

The city of Spokane has hired the law firm of Kutak Rock to act as the city attorney’s office in the lawsuit brought against the city by former police Chief …


Shawn Vestal: City Council should ignore threat, tell us what happened in executive session

Shawn Vestal urges the Spokane City Council to share information from a closed executive session, in defiance of a city attorney’s warning that doing so might be illegal.


Doug Clark: Test your knowledge on the quest to appoint a new Spokane police chief

Choosing a new and hopefully sane police chief has become Spokane’s biggest quest for 2016. Today you can test your knowledge on this complicated subject by taking the following multiple-choice …


Editorial: Revolving-door leadership harms police, city

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office a model of stability.


Shogan withdraws ethics complaint against mayor, citing ‘cone of silence’

Former Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan has withdrawn his ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon, saying a “cone of silence is settling over the city and the City Council.”


Condon says he’ll hire next Spokane police chief by July 1

Spokane should have a new police chief on the job by July 1, Mayor David Condon said Tuesday. During a meeting that sometimes grew tense, Condon discussed the next hiring …


Editorial: City Hall probe must be transparent

A letter from the City Attorney’s Office raises concerns that the Frank Straub investigation will be severely crimped.


City attorneys warn council members against sharing details of meeting about Straub

Spokane city’s legal department has warned Council President Ben Stuckart and others that they could face criminal charges if they discloseinformation from a private meeting among city leaders held the …


Doug Clark: Mayor needs to apologize, and here’s how to do it

Doug Clark believes Mayor David Condon needs to apologize for hiring former Police Chief Frank Straub, and Doug has some ideas on how to do it.


Straub files lawsuit against city of Spokane, Mayor Condon

Ousted Spokane police Chief Frank Straub has filed a lawsuit against Mayor David Condon, city Administrator Theresa Sanders and city Attorney Nancy Isserlis, claiming his civil rights were violated in …


Ex-police spokeswoman at center of sexual harassment scandal resigns

Former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton resigns, cites ‘toxic environment’ at Spokane City Hall.