Mayor Condon announces independent inquiry

Former federal judge to evaluate personnel process, policy

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:15 a.m.

Spokane Mayor David Condon announced today that a retired federal judge will conduct an inquiry into how recent personnel matters related to the Spokane Police Division have been handled.

Judge Michael Hogan, who has assisted on several cases in Spokane over the past few years, will examine the process followed in each instance and will also review City policies governing employee complaints. Hogan will look specifically at the events that led to the movement of the police communications manager to the Parks and Recreation Division and complaints made about the former police chief by subordinates. Additionally, Hogan will review the public records fulfillment process, which is handled separately by the City Clerk’s Office.

“Personnel matter are sensitive and present unique challenges,” Condon said. “Part of making sure employees are treated fairly and appropriately is learning where we can improve and where there may be gaps.”

Hogan will begin his inquiry tomorrow and prepare a report of his findings at the conclusion of his work. That report will be released to the public. No timetable has been set for Hogan to conduct his inquiry, although he intends to spend time in Spokane in December as part of that work.