Since when is it someone else’s job to “rebuild trust in the department”? Isn’t that the job of a Police Chief?
City Councilman Breean Beggs said Thursday that Spokane needs an outside agency to help rebuild trust in the department following the protracted hiring process of the new police chief.
Councilmember Beggs, you abstained from voting to confirm Craig Meidl so now are you saying that the other Councilmembers Fagan, Mumm, Waldref, Stuckart, and Kinnear, were wrong when they voted to confirm Craig Meidl? You must be, because throughout the “protracted hiring process” the candidates were time and time again asked how they personally would “rebuild trust in the department” and time and time again Craig Meidl went through a litany of clichés yet didn’t seem to know what he actually would do to rebuild trust, and now he admits he can’t handle what was supposed to be the number one priority for the new Chief of Police so we are going to throw even more money at trying to “rebuild trust in the department”? How much in the last 10 years have we already spent?
According to the Councilmembers who tried to justify their yes vote on Meidl, there is nothing to worry about since we have the good ole COPS/DOJ folks are watching over SPD, and SPD is working hard at complying with their recommendations as well as those of the Use of force Commission. So why in the hell do we need yet another outside agency or consultant to do the job of the Chief of Police?
“It’s been 10 years since Otto Zehm died, and five years since Karl Thompson was convicted, and there are still all these wounds and divides,” Beggs said. “On our own, we haven’t been able to get rid of those.”
Well of course, and the answer is simple! No one ever did a damn thing to address the issue! Time and time again the rhetoric from Condon, Stephens, Straub, Dobrow, McDevitt, et al was “It happened, no big deal, put it behind, and move forward”. Which of course is exactly the same rhetoric coming from the mouths of City Councilmembers who voted yes on Meidl despite the fact his Salute, and email were disqualifiers for another independent group who made recommendations as to what qualities a new Chief of Police SHOULD HAVE, and most importantly SHOULD NOT HAVE!
If you recall during the “protracted hiring process” and all of the various interviews with Meidl he stated, he even offered to take a demotion as a result of his participation in the Salute because he was the ranking officer present. Who did he make the offer to… did the CC ask him?
PLAYED LIKE A FIDDLE!!!!
The majority of the Spokane City Council has been played like a fiddle by Mayor Condon since he took office, and it began when Condon ignored the City Charter and appointed Kyle Twohig, of Sneva Snowboard fame, to be the City Engineer. Of course without hesitations the City Council approved the appointment of Kevin Twohig’s kid.
Mayor Condon continues his successful quest to ignore the City Charter, get rid of, or bypass Civil Service and all with the aid of the Spokane City Council.
“The panel’s purpose is to avoid a conflict of interest: Meidl’s wife, Tracie Meidl, was temporarily promoted to captain in July by Jim McDevitt, who was serving as law enforcement director.”
“The panel will include interim Human Resources Director Chris Cavanaugh, City Manager Tim Dunivant, police Lt. Justin Lundgren, former interim police Chief Rick Dobrow and human resources analyst Meghann Steinolfson.”
*** I need some help! Is Chief Meidl’s good buddy Justin Lundgren, a “Lt.”, a Major, or an Assistant Chief of Police? The last time I talked to him he was a Major.
“Chief Meidl is a man of impeccable integrity,” said Maj. Justin Lundgren.”
Public Safety Committee, August 15, 2016
Meeting minutes: meeting called to order at 1:31pm.
PSC Members Present: Chair CM Kinnear, CM Stratton, CM Beggs, CM Mumm, CM Fagan, CM Beggs
Staff/Others Present: Chief Meidl, Assistant Chief Lundgren, Chief Williams, Assist. Chief Brian Schaeffer, Captain Eric Olsen, Ombudsman Bart Logue, Sue Raymon, Officer Hamilton, K9 Dietz
Approval of minutes: CM Mumm made a motion to approve the meeting minutes from July 18, 2016; M/S by CM Beggs; passed unanimously.
CM Kinnear read a presentation of appreciation for our Police Department in light of recent violent events surrounding Police Departments around the country.
It all makes sense when you consider this!
1) HR Director Christine Cavanaugh, was Heather Lowe’s go to person before Lowe beat feet and ran because of the Cotton/Straub Affair, and then was appointed by Mayor Condon to replace Lowe. Of course since she is married to Mike Cavanaugh brother of Joe Cavanaugh the President of the City’s largest employee union, Local 270 so that could be a conflict that doesn’t seem to be a bother to anyone including the CC.
2) City Manager Tim Dunivant, got his big promotion from Mayor Condon back in January…good for him!
Well…maybe not so good?
No wonder Mayor Condon and the City Council prefers the Spokesman Review to the Inlander!
3) Police Lt. Justin Lundgren, aside from being Meidl’s good buddy who the hell is this guy, and what rank is he on the SPD?
4) Former interim police Chief Rick Dobrow, did you ever wonder why this guy keeps showing up over and over when it comes to Meidl, even to Meidl’s big out at the North Precinct, even though he left SPD?
5) Human resources analyst Meghann Steinolfson, another one of Heather Lowe’s go to gals involved in the Cotton/Straub Affair, and of course along with Craig Meidl was the individual who mediated the Furniture-gate for the City.
There were several important witnesses who declined to participate in the investigation.
I Just Can’t Help Myself!!
YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHO THE NEW CHIEF IS THAT WAS REFERRED TO HERE:
“If the new chief decides to keep those positions, they would come under the city’s civil service rules. Olsen and King could apply for them through the civil service process, which involves passing a test that is designed for the position and being placed on a list from which the new chief can choose. Applicants who pass the test are placed on the list in order of their scores, and the fact that they temporarily held the job would not give them a higher spot on the list, said Gita George-Hatcher, chief examiner for the city Civil Service Commission.”
All of those staffing decisions would be at the discretion of the new chief after conversations with Mayor David Condon, city spokesman Brian Coddington said.
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!!!