Goes to Terri Pfister and Laurie Farnsworth of the City of
Spokane Clerks Office.
Can you imagine having to deal with a Curmudgeonist like me
for all these years?
I think it is important to understand that their jobs cover
a multitude of different areas and not just the Public Records Game which is
difficult enough. They do an outstanding job of trying to professionally go
about their duties despite all the hindrances of being underpaid, understaffed,
and in many cases having to deal with uncooperative City Departments like SPD
and Human Resources who will make ever effort to withhold responsive but
embarrassing PRR documents if they can get away with it, and is not the fault
of the City Clerks Office because of the way the system is set up.
The way it works with City PRRs is that once the Clerk’s
Office receives a request from the Media or the public they send a copy of the
request to the proper City Department and then have to rely on that department
to provide them with all responsive records to provide the requestor. The
problem is some departments will withhold embarrassing public records
unbeknownst to the Clerk’s Office, as was done in this recent case.
As you can see from this email from Laurie Farnsworth the
City Clerk’s Office was unaware that the second Tom Michaud interview which
demonstrates possible policy violations by Lt. Dave Staben was withheld from me
and it wasn’t until I pressed the issue that I received the responsive
Obviously the conduct alleged by Crime Analyst Michaud
should have been investigated immediately, but it wasn’t and likely never will
be unless a formal complaint is filed with SPD IA. Any investigation of that
matter should be independently investigated outside of SPD because of Director
of Strategic Initiatives and Head of IA, Jacqui MacConnell’s direct involvement
in the case.
Investigative Reporters if they are diligent can not assume
that they have received everything in a PRR response and should always dig
Often times one set of PRR responses will lead to another
If you listened to the second Michaud interview carefully
toward the end of the interview you would have heard Michaud mention the IA
Case against SPD “Brady Officer” Lydia Taylor.
The interesting thing about this
somewhat new IA complaint against Lydia Taylor is that once again a member of
the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is involved, this time DPA
Mark Cipolla who during one of the once infamous Huckleberry’s Coffee Klatches
Cipolla supposedly brought up issues regarding Lydia Taylor’s conduct during
the former Officer Gordon Ennis Rape Case, and from those issues brought up by
Cipolla Lt. Dave Staben who was present at the Coffee Klatch initiated an IA
Case against Lydia Taylor.
Since Mayor Condon and Chief Meidl
are doing everything they can to withhold and delay a number of Public Records
Requests I have made which reflect directly on the how SPD is being run, I
wonder how long it will take for a response to this one.
Some people are speculating that many
of my requests won’t be filled until after the November election for Mayor
including the “horrific” Lesser Body Worn Camera Video, much like Mayor Condon
did with records associated with the Cotton/Straub Affair.
Politicians make all kinds of
promises they don’t keep, like the promise Condon made to properly fund the
Clerks’ Office after the settlement of my PRR Lawsuit against Condon and the
Since whomever becomes the new Mayor
of the City of Spokane will be directly responsible or cleaning up the
continuing problems with SPD as well as the continuing problems with not
properly funding transparency and Police Oversight I find it real odd that neither
Stuckart or Woodward seem to be interested in answering any direct questions
relating to solutions and clean-up. Of course, even though the problems are
well documented including this recent case involving Officer Kristopher
Henderson, but perhaps Stuckart and Woodward don’t think there are any