City hires temporary ombudsman assistant

Assistant to ensure intake continues uninterrupted

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 3:23 p.m.

The City has hired a temporary/seasonal employee to handle the intake function in the Office of the Police Ombudsman on a part-time basis while the search for a new ombudsman concludes.

The temporary assistant will begin work on Tuesday. She will handle intake responsibilities from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and report directly to Tim Szambelan, an assistant city attorney.

She has spent time in the office this week training with the current staff assistant to ensure continuity of the intake process. The current assistant’s last day was today.

A selection committee is evaluating dozens of applications for the ombudsman position and, per Spokane Municipal Code, will forward three recommendations to the commission. The application deadline closed last week.

Citizen complaints can be submitted online at, via mail or in person. Any complaints received during the transition period will continue to be processed.