Mayor submits responses to Council and joint committee

Responses to be reviewed by independent evaluator

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Friday, December 11, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

Spokane Mayor David Condon sent his responses today to the questions asked in a Nov. 30 letter from the City Council to members of the Council and joint committee.

The responses will be included with the documents for the independent evaluator to review. The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, at the request of Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart, has provided a list of potential independent evaluators to conduct an inquiry into the process, policy and timelines associated with recent Spokane Police Division personnel movement and release of public records. This inquiry will also include an evaluation of the processes for all employee complaints and investigations.

Condon and Stuckart, who will jointly select the independent evaluator, have not yet made their choice. The scope of the work will focus on the process, policy, and timelines as requested in the City Council letter. A joint coordination team of Councilmember Karen Stratton, City Council Attorney Brian McClatchey, private attorney Laura McAloon and City Utility Director Rick Romero will serve as liaisons to the independent reviewer, help refine the scope of the inquiry, and jointly provide any future public updates. Complaints filed with the citizen Ethics Commission will be handled through the normal process.

Any further communication will come from the joint committee.