“This week, three members of the Spokane City Council – Karen Stratton, Lori Kinnear and Betsy Wilkerson – sent Woodward a letter demanding the investigation abide by certain conditions.”
“The three asked that the City Council be asked for approval of any contract for an outside investigator – in this case, Haggard will be paid $20,000 – regardless of whether it meets the $50,000 threshold that requires the council’s approval by law. The administration will not request the council’s approval of the contract.”
“This is a really serious issue and the fact that they are not open to making the results of the investigation at the get-go is concerning,” Stratton said. “I would like to see what their scope is going to be, because they can set the scope to completely gloss over it as well.”
As a side note because members of the CC refuse to respond to me about issues, I uncover at City Hall I did try and warn them through a third party over a week ago that an independent investigation might not be a good idea for them. I hate to make assumptions like Cupid Alexander did “I assume it’s race”, but as far as the CC refusing interaction with me I would “assume” it is because they know my sources inside City Hall are far better than most local reporters.
If anyone recalls the Capple investigation into the Cotton/Straub affair that investigation came about as a result of my recommendation on September 23, 2015 at 6:06 AM to the City Council and I was told on October 1, 2015 at 2:22 PM that there was “zero support” among the City Council for an independent investigation, well what happened during the Capple investigation is of course history but a lot can be learned from history and it might behoove the City Council to go back and look at that case and pay special attention to Mayor Condon’s refusal to compel testimony from his employees.
I’m not sure if anyone noticed that Kathleen Haggard aside from defending cities on various issues also has an expertise in Public Records cases which makes one wonder if her “scope of work” includes determining who leaked the Public Records emails to the media.
If this is a trap there is of course a way out for the City Council, but since I don’t have a political ideology, I’m going to just sit back and enjoy watching the Conservatives and Progressives battle it out.
The problem the Mayor and Meidl have is the leaks aren’t just limited to, as Shawn Vestal describes, “a frequent police critic” they end up all over the place and the Shamrock Party is just one example. Maybe some Bars is needed for Mayor Woodward’s finely tuned SPD machine.
The type of leak information I receive generally goes to the SPD Culture and the disparity in discipline Chief Meidl gives out which almost always favors the Golden Boys/Girls, it will be interesting to see what the public records on the “Shamrock Party” actually show, that is if and when I get them, because according to my sources there are some pretty interesting folks involved in the issue.
These types of leaks are of no interest to the local MSM or the City Council who for some reason don’t seem to be willing to check them out so informing the Public is left up to we “frequent police critics” who believe the Public has a right to and should know so they can make a judgement on how their elected and appointed officials are doing.
Back in the day when Bill Cowles was running Cowles Publishing the SR and Chronicle had an interest in stuff like this and were willing to battle it out all the way to the Washington State Supreme Court…but alas it just isn’t a priority these days, so here I am.