In knew when I started this investigation it would be a
document review nightmare for an Investigative Reporter and trust me it is,
even though I haven’t yet submitted a Public Records Request for the records
relating to the Human Resources and EEOC complaints against Mayor Condon’s
Director of Human Resources Christine Cavanaugh.
I thought I better start out by providing some background
information so in the future I can just refer to this story.
Let me start out by responding to a question I received regarding
the ethics of hiring Lawyer Erin Jacobson to do HR Investigations and HR
Training after she left City employment and started working for Archbright.
IMO, although the Ethics Code written by former City
Attorney Nancy Isserlis didn’t go into effect Sunday, December 18, 2016 because
Erin Jacobson was a “central figure” in the million plus dollar Cotton/Straub
case, a person with decent ethical standards never would have hired her for
much of anything involving City of Spokane issues, especially when you consider
all of the negative press Jacobson and the City were getting.
Even with all of the bad press about Jacobson, including her
refusal to cooperate with the Chapple Investigation what does Teresa Sanders,
Mayor Condon’s City Administrator, do to keep Jacobson in the fold? Teresa
Sanders, as the documents linked below clearly demonstrate has a letter
prepared to send to the Ethics Commission just after the bad press hits the
news so Jacobson an continue to get that good old City Money (Timelines are
always important in cases like this).
As an aside, back in the day I used to love finding emails
like this one sent by Heather Lowe trying to shape other HR Investigations regarding
As it stands at this point it sure appears to me that
nothing has changed since Christine Cavanaugh took over Heather Lowe’s spot in
the Condon Administration, we still have Erin Jacobson involved even to the
point of representing the City in EEOC Complaints involving Cavanaugh, and of
course Mr. Reliable… Bob Dunn chomping at the bit!