Mayor works with Council to extend chief process

Continued process allows comparison of Meidl, other applicants

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Monday, August 22, 2016 at 4:39 p.m.

Spokane Mayor David Condon worked with the City Council to continue the police chief vetting process to put acting Police Chief Craig Meidl through the same process as the semifinalists considered by the selection committee.

Meidl will submit answers to the same written and video questions posed to the semifinalists during the evaluation process. The selection committee will be asked to consider Meidl’s responses and endeavor to bring four finalists for public vetting from the original list of semifinalists.

“Finding our next police chief is an important decision and we need to make sure our next chief will be the best possible fit for Spokane,” Condon said.

The selection committee will recommend a list of finalists, who will be invited to participate in public interviews. The list will include up to four finalists.

“We appreciate the Mayor’s willingness to take this additional step in the process of finding Spokane’s next police chief,” said Councilmember Lori Kinnear, who chairs the public safety committee.

The City Council had planned to consider confirming Meidl during this evening’s meeting. They will instead consider a motion to postpone confirmation while the process continues.