Another part of the background is when I was alerted through sources about what was going back in October of 2020 and even though I knew it would be a battle with the City of Spokane started the investigative process so that the public would know what the facts are. Even though I have provided tips to the local Mainstream Media via Twitter and Facebook posts they have been ignored so as in the past it is up to me.
When I learned back in October 2020 that Officer Conrath was the subject of an IA Investigation and there were allegations of sexual harassment on that part of Conrath toward young Rookie female SPD Officers going through the State Basic Law Enforcement Academy, as well as an investigation initiated by Chief Craig Meidl into his conduct stemming from his interaction with domestic violence victims that were well over a year old and in violation of the Police Guild Contract to keep Conrath from becoming a Sergeant I knew from the get go it would be a battle to get to the truth, and it was.
If you take the time to read the IA Report initiated by Chief Meidl on September 11, 2020, (C20-074) it should become pretty clear to you that once again my sources were very accurate and the case was just to keep Conrath from being a Sergeant even though Meidl knew full well that the case violated Mayor Woodward and the City Council’s really bad Guild Contract and he could not sanction Conrath for anything because of the contract’s one year statute of limitations on investigating IA Complaints.
Another interesting aspect of IA Case C20-074 is that during Conrath’s Loudermill Hearing Woodward’s Director of Human Resources Meghann Steinolfson was present knew about the complaints from the female LEOs going through the Basic Law Enforcement Academy and like SPD did nothing to investigate the complaints or even try and determine if they were intimidated in any way after making the complaints.
The link below will give you an idea of just how hard Mayor Woodward, City Attorney Michael Ormsby, and SPD Legal Advisor Mary Muramatsu worked at trying to keep the secret.
One of the big questions I have regarding the issue is whether or not the OPO was ever made aware of the BLEA complaints, hopefully we will find out.
Another big question I have is why with all the women in City Government including the Mayor and City Council why there isn’t some type of outrage over this, needless to say I have passed on to the CC what has been going on in this case and others and there has been little or no interest from them.