This Column by Shawn Vestal appeared in today’s Spokesman Review.
The Column as it relates to Spokane appears to be Shawn’s perspective, at least to a certain extent on this Inlander story.
I feel it is important to give Council Member Breean Beggs credit for doing all the hard work on the new Ordinance, I like the final product, and it sets in place some long needed controls. Some of the expenditures from the Golden Goose Fund have been outrageous over the years. I can tell you for certain despite what Chief Meidl might say publicly, SPD isn’t happy with someone else telling them how and when they can spend their windfall. One thing to take note of is that the State of Washington gets a cut of all Asset Seizure monies right off the top.
Breean Beggs has had an interest in this issue prior to taking office and reached out to people that would know the ins and outs. Aside from Breean Beggs, you must admire folks like SPD Lt. Joe Walker, and Carly Cortright who tried to expose what was going on with the Golden Goose Fund, and had to suffer the consequences, some of the same stuff going on right now at SPD. Nothing has changed since Frank Straub got the boot, things have gotten worse, but Begg’s Ordinance is one step in righting the ship. Begg’s is also working on a new OPO Ordinance, which may or may not fly depending upon the Union Negotiations who are now in complete control of the OPO and OPOC because of the previous contract pushed by Mayor Condon, and Frank Straub.
I also think it is important to remember that Probationary Officer Tim Schwering was originally hired to INCREASE SPD’s capabilities to seize more assets.
I have written stories regarding “The Golden Goose Fund” Ad nauseam, these are just a few.
I REPORT HSS YOU DECIDE!!!