There is a long-held standard in the world of sports that for the team to succeed you have to get rid of individuals who aren’t team players, have a grandiose view of themselves, and could care less about any objective other than their own agenda. This type of individual is often referred to as a cancer, whether, in the locker room, on the field of play, or away from the team it’s always the same symptoms. The simple fact is, not removing or eliminating the cancer on a team is just like fighting the disease itself, cancer spreads, and once it has spread too far the fate is inevitable.
The Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, which theoretically is supposed to work as a team with the Office of Police Ombudsman haven’t been much of a team since their inception, the fact is as I have reported earlier, OPOC Chair Debra Conklin has caused so much dissension on the team, not only because of her disdain for OPO Bart Logue, but her involvement in other things as well including sticking her nose into the Civil Service process which prohibits her right hand gal, confidant, and operative Martha Huseman from continuing in Huseman’s role as OPOC Coordinator after Huseman failed the Civil Service typing test not once but twice that her actions and conduct can easily be compared with that of Rachel Dolezal. I honestly can’t figure out how anyone could conclude that because Huseman could not pass a civil service exam, and was therefore not qualified for the position, could possibly be make the Civil Service process “sexist”.
As I reported earlier, Conklin was not reappointed by the City Council when her term expired September, 15, 2017, one obvious sign that the City Council knows exactly what has been going on. Of course, when Conklin was asked to resign, she refused even though any reasonable, non-self-serving person who truly believed in good police oversight would have done so for the good of the oversight mission.
The usual blame game has gone on where no one wants to except responsibility for getting the cancer cut out and the likely next move of passing the Chair to someone else simply shows a grasping for straws mentality while trying to find a way keep on with an agenda driven self-serving plan. Is it the Mayor’s job, the City Council’s job, the rest of the OPOC members job, just whose job, is it? Is it the lack of a well-defined removal process in the OPOC Ordinance and the City Code of Ethics which would be the purview of the Mayor?
Perhaps it would be a good time to remind the Mayor of the demands I had for settlement of my PRR Lawsuit against the City and how adamant I was that this was included.
It isn’t like the majority of City Government, some local reporters, SPD, and a few community folks haven’t known about the dysfunction that has been going on for some time, as an example:
How long you ask?
These are just two of several emails regarding Conklin that have been circulating around City Hall, and the email interaction between Council Members Beggs, Kinnear, and Conklin dating back some time are in some cases laughable at best.
What say you Council Members Kinnear and Beggs?
Do the City Council fear political ramifications from Conklin’s followers to bring forth have a NO CONFIDENCE VOTE?
Does the Mayor simply want to distance himself, sit back, and watch the Liberal side of City Government fail to act in his “National Model of Police Oversight”?
Who’s bright idea was it to try and force Logue to become the scapegoat by trying to get him to complain about something others knew full well about? Does anyone down there at City Hall remember the Cotton/Straub Fiasco and what that costs the Citizens of Spokane?
Once again, with the new US Attorney General’s new policy of staying out of Police Oversight the baton is passed to the Locals, and if local oversight is dysfunctional what bloody good is it.
The full court press is on to find a replacement for Conklin to try and save some embarrassment from her refusal to step down, the question is, will the next choice be ideology, bias, and agenda driven or just plain Citizen Jane or Joe with the ability to put any bias or agenda aside and do what is best for the ENTIRE COMMUNITY?
The truth, no matter how hard to take or how embarrassing, is the only route to healing!