The narrative the Condon Administration has continually put forth to the public is that Monique Cotton was so valuable to push the Park Department’s “Your Park Now” campaign after the $64-million-dollar Park Bond that he just had to move her there, give her a big raise, and have SPD pay her salary.
Monique Cotton, Marketing and Communication Manager
Monique was selected by Mayor Condon to lead communication, marketing and public relations efforts for the Riverfront Park Bond and the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Division. Monique is responsible for the successful communication and promotion of the $64-million-dollar Park Bond, ongoing and consistent public engagement and the promotion and advertisement of Parks Programming and Recreation Programming.
Monique has worked with the City of Spokane since 2011. She was hired by the Spokane Police Department to improve community and media relations and improve the Department’s public image. Monique is a former television reporter, and has served as communication and marketing consultant for government, corporate and non-profit organizations. She has a BA in Communication from Washington State University and is currently working to obtain her Accreditation in Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America.
But wait just a second! If that were true, why in the world did Condon first try to move her to the Fire Department?
Some of the local media were tipped to the attempt to move Cotton to SFD, including Nick Deshais of the Spokesman Review, as a result Deshais and Schaeffer had this email exchange on August 28th, 2015 in which Schaeffer documents the fact that a meeting did take place regarding moving Cotton to SFD.
So what are we missing? We are missing the good ole WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, and WHY, which needs follow up. Who was at the meeting? What was discussed at the meeting? Where did the meeting take place? When did it take place? Why did it take place? All the simple stuff.
Condon in his letter to the City Council stated that the reason Public Records were withheld until after the election is because Deshais had specified in his PRR that he only wanted “complaints”. Even using that bunk excuse doesn’t explian why records of those meetings to this day haven’t been suppied to me, and were included in my September 5, 2015 PRR as well as a number of times in emails betweent Terri Pfister and myself subsequent to September 5th.
“As well as any and all documents from third parties relating to the transfer of Monique Cotton from the Spokane Police Department to the City of Spokane Parks Department and or concerning formal or informal complaints made by or against Frank G. Straub or Monique Cotton.”
One of my recent email exchanges between Terri Pfister and myself documents my most recent clarification for Ms. Pfister. You may find these interesting as well as a subsequent email to her I will report on later.
Here is something else you folks might find interesting. These are letters and emails exchanged between Bob Dunn and Nancy Isserlis were just recently released. The question I have for my readers is do these Public Records from June of 2015, which were not released until recently, depict that a “complaint” was made consistent with the Deshais’s August 18th PRR and a “transfer” took place, both consistent with my September 5th PRR?
BOY OH BOY…WHAT WOULD THE PUBLIC HAVE THOUGHT IF THOSE RECLORDS WOULD HAVE BEEN MADE PUBLIC BEFORE THE ELECTION????
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!