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.
Although I seriously doubt there will be a real effort to
move the Precinct back to the city core until sometime after we have a new
Mayor, because doing so would once again prove the very expensive Condon/Straub/Meidl
Precinct Model has been a failure, I can’t help but wonder if some member of
SPD balks at the move and Craig Meidl is still Chief Meidl if he will make
another stupid and frivolous IA Complaint against any member who balks at the
move like Meidl did with Captain Brad Arleth during the move from STA to the
It is amazing isn’t it how things change during election
cycles, one candidate brings up what could be a legitimate point and all of a
sudden it becomes difficult to tell what any candidates true position actually
is, or exactly what overall costs might be. In the case of Council Member Lori
Kinnear who championed the hiring of Craig Meidl, it is really difficult!
After listening to the
Captain Dave Singley interview which was recorded during the City Human
Resources investigation of Detective Lonnie Tofsrud’s complaint against Lt.
Dave Staben for the fourth time it became obvious yet another PRR was in order.
For those interested you can
listen to the recorded statement at this link:
The effort to coverup the “Horrific” Scott and Dan Lesser BWC Video just got completely out of control when the Spokane Police Guild sent a letter to Mayor Condon et al not only objecting to the OPO being present to oversee IA Interviews and the entire IA Case but also in an obvious effort to intimidate the OPO by making allegations that OPO Logue violated the OPO Ordinance without providing any evidence or facts supporting the basis for their allegations.
The SPD Guild Letter from Guild President Kris Honaker and the response to the letter by OPO Logue are imaged below:
As you can see from this previous story the SPD Command Staff
is complicit with the Guild in attempting to eliminate oversight of the Lesser
IA Case and the only reason Chief Meidl and Director MacConnell attempted to
remove my name as the Complainant and replace it with Logue’s name was to help
the Guild in preventing the OPO from overseeing the Lesser IA Case.