This is actually a political power struggle and attempt to
salvage a failed legacy with Mayor Condon and his Conservative allies on the
Board of County Commissioners trying to gain complete control over the
taxpayers dollars used to fund Public Safety Services while at the same time help
their Conservative buddy Condon out with his legacy, pitted against the
primarily Progressive Spokane City Council, with Conservative Council Member
Mike Fagan likely seeing the disadvantages for City taxpayers joining the
Progressives on the issue.
The record is quite clear that Mayor Condon and Sheriff
Ozzie Knezovich wanted a Metro Public Safety Model for all of Spokane County
and despite warning after warning Condon hired Rudy Giuliani and convicted
felon Bernard Kerik sycophant Frank Straub who had previously been booted from
his Public Safety Director positions in Indianapolis Indiana and White Plains
NY. We all know what a blunder Condon made with the hiring of Frank Straub, and
the millions it cost taxpayers.
“Condon said he recently met with Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who earlier advocated consolidating the two police agencies.”
said Condon “wants to make sure this is a good fit. I don’t want to speak for
the mayor, but it was my understanding that (full consolidation) … is not off
the table,” he said.
“With change at the top of the Spokane Police
Department, Knezovich said the timing is perfect for the city and county to
explore combining the force with the Sheriff’s Office. The police and sheriff’s
departments are, respectively, the largest and second-largest law enforcement
agencies in Eastern Washington.”
To continue the Condon/Straub SPD downfall Condon bypasses the Police Chief hiring process and hires Karl Thompson sycophant Craig Meidl to continue the Straub, McDevitt SPD downfall. Meidl most recently stroked Straub during the July 16, 2019 OPOC Commission Meeting (more coming later on that dog and pony show).
Anyone who has studied the
SREC/SPOCOM issues knows what a mess it is and how the meeting minutes
demonstrate concerted efforts to grab taxpayer dollars while at the same time
cut the City of Spokane out of any say whatsoever in decisions. It is hard to
understand why other reporters haven’t mentioned all of the previous failures
of Steve Reinke, SREC’s executive director.