Brian Coddington, Communications Director, No Phone Number Available
Monday, September 26, 2016 at 4:56 p.m.
After receiving overwhelming support for Craig Meidl, Spokane Mayor David Condon on Monday named him police chief and will send him forward for City Council confirmation.
Three of the panels that interviewed the four finalists for the job unanimously recommended Meidl for the position. The fourth panel was split between Meidl and another candidate.
Meidl will appear before the City Council next month for confirmation.
“We as a community are ready to move forward and have the controls in place to help ensure we get there,” Condon said, mentioning the roadmaps provided by the citizen Use of Force Commission report, the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Police Services recommendation and a cultural audit being conducted by Gonzaga University.
Council President Ben Stuckart and Councilmembers Lori Kinnear and Amber Waldref joined the mayor at the announcement, which was made during the celebration of C.O.P.S. Northeast moving into the Spokane Police Department’s North Precinct. C.O.P.S. Northeast is the first volunteer shop to locate within a police precinct.