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UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

Ethics Commission: Mayor David Condon honest in handling of Frank Straub questions

The final complaint targeting Mayor David Condon for his handling of the ouster of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub was unanimously dismissed by the city’s Ethics Commission on Wednesday, …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Before Ethics Commission, Condon denies dishonesty in Frank Straub ouster

In testimony Wednesday afternoon at City Hall, Spokane Mayor David Condon repeatedly said his reason for requesting Frank Straub’s resignation in September 2015 was prompted by letters from police brass …


Ethics Commission revives complaint against Mayor David Condon stemming from Frank Straub dismissal

The panel has agreed to listen to arguments in a complaint made by former City Council President Joe Shogan, who has filed multiple allegations against Mayor Condon for dishonesty in …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 5:09 p.m.

Nancy Goodspeed settles discrimination lawsuit prompted by City Hall shuffling during Frank Straub scandal

The city of Spokane will pay $165,000 to former parks employee Nancy Goodspeed as the city attempted to manage a sexual harassment scandal involving former police chief Frank Straub.


Ethics Commission again declines charges brought against Mayor Condon

Former City Council President Joe Shogan, whose ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon has now been dismissed twice by the city’s Ethics Commission, said he’ll refile one more time over …


Editorial: City Hall turmoil self-inflicted

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


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.”


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?


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


Ex-police spokeswoman at center of sexual harassment scandal resigns

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


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 …


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.


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 …