As the seemingly never-ending battle between Sheriff Ozzie
Knezovich, Detention Director John McGrath, and the Board of County
Commissioners over control of the Spokane County Jail continues even more allegations
continue to fly. From the information and documents, I currently have It
appears Ozzie wants the Jail back, and among other things has enlisted the aid
of Lt. Mike Sparber the County Criminal Justice Liaison for the Spokane
County Sheriff Office who has made complaints against Detention Director John
As is usually the case to supplement what I already have it
becomes necessary to do one of those feared Public Records Requests in order to
get the complete story as well as how much all this mess is costing the
There are many questions that need answered in this mess and
hopefully the Public Records Request will help to answer some, although as
folks know getting a prompt and timely PRR from Spokane County is like pulling
teeth, so we shall see.
Some of obvious questions aside from Ozzie wanting the Jail
Will the BoCC fire or demote McGrath?
If McGrath is demoted or fired will McGrath via
his lawyer Mary Schultz sue the County and Ozzie for big time money?
Does Mike Sparber want McGrath’s job if McGrath
is demoted or fired?
What role if any does the original Fossum
investigation involving Phil Tyler have to do with the current complaints?
Did Sheriff Knezovich arrange some secret
meetings with private citizens adverse to McGrath and Commissioner Al French?