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Notes from Police Chief Frank Straub’s top staff show City Hall was informed of hostile work environment allegations 16 months before chief was fired

Allegations about former Spokane police Chief Frank Straub’s behavior were known to officials in the city’s human resources and legal departments nearly two years ago, according to notes from members …


One of three ethics complaints against Mayor Condon moves forward

The city’s Ethics Commission allowed one complaint against Spokane Mayor David Condon forward Wednesday, and dismissed others.


Ethics Commission dismisses two complaints against Spokane Mayor David Condon

Two ethics complaints against Spokane Mayor David Condon were dismissed by the city’s Ethics Commission Tuesday evening. A third complaint filed by former City Council President Joe Shogan will proceed …


Nick Deshais: Favorite stories of 2015

A look back on my favorite stories of 2015


Investigator chosen to examine turmoil at police department, City Hall

Kris Cappel, a principal in the Seattle investigation consulting firm the Seabold Group and a former federal prosecutor, has been chosen by Spokane Mayor David Condon and Council President Ben …


Fourth ethics complaint filed in Spokane sexual harassment controversy

A fourth ethics complaint has been lodged against Spokane Mayor David Condon for how he handled allegations of sexual harassment by former police Chief Frank Straub.


Guards in Spokane schools won’t be armed

A proposal to arm Spokane Public Schools resource officers has been scrapped.


The Zags, Frank Straub, David Condon – Clarnak the Magnanimous dishes on all of them

Clarnak the Magnanimous gives us an idea what lies ahead for our region.


Former Police Chief Frank Straub says ‘old guard’ in department have a stranglehold on reform efforts

In his final work for the city of Spokane, ousted police Chief Frank Straub criticized the “old guard” in the department and said they were to blame for any lack …


Spokane City Council approves scope of investigation into Mayor David Condon’s handling of police chief firing

Before an investigator has been hired or named, the Spokane City Council has written a letter directing the scope of the inquiry looking into the events that led to former …


City of Spokane facing $1 million demand from former parks spokeswoman

Nancy Goodspeed, a former parks department spokeswoman for the city of Spokane, is demanding $1 million from the city following what she describes as a violation of state and federal …


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 …


Straub expected to finish work on reports next week

Since being forced to resign as Spokane’s police chief in September, Frank Straub has been working on reports about how to keep the programs he implemented with the police department …


Mayor’s choice for investigator scuttled

Spokane Mayor David Condon’s choice to investigate the handling of personnel matters at City Hall has been pushed aside because of growing concerns from city council members about the investigation’s …


City parks spokeswoman will have to reapply to keep job

The parks department will advertise the communications job currently held by former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton, opening it up to outside applicants.


Straub attorney questions motivation of police union officer in chief’s ouster

The attorney representing ousted police Chief Frank Straub, Mary Schultz, said Tuesday the relationship between former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton and police Lt. Mark Griffiths has been unexamined by the …


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 …


Shawn Vestal: Mayor tried to hide police issue – the opposite of transparency

Faced with a credible accusation of sexual harassment against the police chief he hired to restore credibility to the department, Mayor David Condon attempted to hide it – to pay …


Stuckart: Mayor Condon lied about sexual harassment claim

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said he is “severely disappointed” in Mayor David Condon for the handling of allegations of sexual harassment against former police Chief Frank Straub, saying …


Spokane parks spokeswoman resigns after police spokeswoman shifted into her role

Nancy Goodspeed, the longtime spokeswoman for Spokane’s parks department, announced her resignation from the city Thursday after she said she was told her duties would change. Goodspeed had been making …


Former police spokeswoman said text from Straub made her ‘uncomfortable’

The former police spokeswoman who was transferred out of the department earlier this year in an episode that has been linked to the eventual firing of police Chief Frank Straub …


Police whistleblower complaint raises questions about department’s seizures

An investigation into an apparently illegal seizure of more than $13,000 cash from two suspected drug dealers by a Spokane police detective last year shows tension among police brass over …


Doug Clark: As police department falters, it needs a real leader

Recent turmoil in the Spokane Police Department doesn’t sound like the new-and-improved department that Mayor David Condon’s been bragging about.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 28, 2015

Mayor’s top staff rebut claims of dishonesty during ouster of former Police Chief Frank Straub

Theresa Sanders and Brian Coddington shot back this week against claims they were dishonest during Frank Straub’s ouster, saying an ethics complaint is politically motivated and frivolous.


Condon says city is thriving; Lichty points to recent police controversy

Ronald Reagan, a political hero of Spokane Mayor David Condon, famously asked voters in 1980, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” The answer that year …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 15, 2015

Shawn Vestal: Otto Zehm case still a stain on culture of Spokane’s police department

Two Spokane police officers – a long-serving captain and a long-serving lieutenant – took a stand last year for honesty and credibility in the department. Or maybe that should be …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 12, 2015

Spokane mayoral candidate Lichty files ethics complaint in police chief’s ouster

Mayoral candidate Shar Lichty has filed an ethics complaint against two city employees who gave false information to the media, including the Spokesman-Review, in the lead-up to Frank Straub’s ouster …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 12, 2015

Spokane mayoral candidate Shar Lichty files ethics complaint in ex-police Chief Frank Straub’s ouster

Mayoral candidate Shar Lichty has filed an ethics complaint against two city employees who gave false information to the media, including the Spokesman-Review, in the lead-up to Frank Straub’s ouster …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 10, 2015

Doug Clark: Condon, not taxpayers, should cover cost of Straub fiasco

So ousted Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub thinks the city should pay him 4 million bucks to soothe his bruised and battered ego. All right. I don’t see a problem …


Police ombudsman commissioners seek deeper background check on job finalist

A week after Spokane’s police chief was forced to step down because of accusations he harassed and belittled subordinates, people involved in the decision to select a new police ombudsman …