“US” of course meaning government agencies including the City of Spokane. This story is about one of the most recent examples of the City of Spokane and the Woodward Administration not wanting the Public to know secret stuff, and part of my job is to let the real story be told.

When an Investigative Reporter receives information from very credible sources that the hire of new Assistant Fire Chief for the Spokane Fire Department was one of those “Good ole boy/girl” things to do someone a favor, and that the hired person won’t last long it is something which should be looked into and the Public made aware of, especially when you consider that sources also tell you that not hiring another Battalion Chief has resulted in ridiculous payments in overtime for a select few.

So, I made an effort to look into some recent hires including the somewhat under-reported hire of Julie O’Berg as the SFD Deputy Chief of Operations using one of the options available which is one of those dreaded Public Records Requests knowing full well the Woodward Administration would continue the same lack of transparency her predecessor David Condon was noted for. The Spokesman Review story linked below, and the images will provide some background.   



It would be hard to dispute the fact that Brian Schaeffer has a strong connection to the Kansas City area and might even be a Kansas City Royals fan like Rob Curley and Kip Hill from the Spokesman Review.

Speaking of Kip Hill some might remember that Condon’s hire of Brian Schaeffer was controversial much like his hiring of Craig Meidl. If you read his story you will find an email from none other, then Meghann Steinolfson pumping Schaeffer’s tires who always plays a prominent role in Public Records Requests when it comes to the Fire Department and the Police Department, as she does in the Public Records I received looking into this matter at hand. Mayor Woodward is aware of the “romantic relationship” between Steinolfson and Schaeffer’s Deputy Fire Chief of Support Services Jay Atwood which is documented in Public Records I have requested and have been waiting for a long time to receive from the City of Spokane. I must assume despite the fact that Steinolfson is heavily involved in union negotiations with the Fire Department and Police Unions Woodward doesn’t believe that the “romantic relationship” is a conflict.


When I do PRRs it never fails that an issue other than what I’m investigating comes to light, as it did in this case. The issue I’ve identified is should the Public know the extent of involvement of private law firms which the taxpayers pay for in the in the City of Spokane’s day to day business. The Public Records clearly identify that the Summit Law Firm and Lawyer Elizabeth (Beth) Kennar is deeply involved and her name just keeps coming up. I wonder why our highly paid and benefited City Attorney’s Office can’t handle the light work. As the images below demonstrate the Summit Law Firm via Beth Kennar even help out department heads write widely disseminated “Chief’s Messages”, something one would think they could do for themselves.

It becomes quite obvious that Mayor Woodward and the City of Spokane really don’t want the Public to know the truth, but that is just SOP.




The Battle Continues!!!


Come on Mayor Woodward the buck stops with you and you must know I know so cough up the records!

Jacqui MacConnell as the civilian Director of Internal Affairs with the responsibility of providing the Citizens perspective on IA cases where are you?

It doesn’t take one year and three months to do redactions on the McCabe IA Case the file isn’t that large!

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As is often the case with me when it comes the possibility of misconduct in City Government “on or about” June 13, 2019, months before the COVID-19 pandemic I received information from sources that former Spokane Police Department Lieutenant Dave McCabe who played a prominent role in many Spokane Police Department issues in his role as President of the SPD Lieutenants and Captains Association, including the Cotton/Straub Affair, had been terminated from his employment with the Spokane Police Department and the City of Spokane wanted the termination kept super-secret so the public wouldn’t find out. Subsequently I learned that Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl had placed McCabe on Administrative Leave “on or about” March 5, 2018 to initiate an IA Investigation into McCabe altering a Physicians’ Disability Statement so he didn’t have to return to work. It gets somewhat complicated but since the City of Spokane is self-insured when it comes to their own workers compensation exposures, in other words the Citizens end up paying even for false claims if they are identified. In McCabe’s case his time loss benefits exceeded $100,000 so the City had to dig into reserves.

As I do in most cases on June 13, 2019 to corroborate the information I have I submitted a Public Records Request to the City of Spokane.

When I received the required five-day response from the City of Spokane on June 20, 2019 and was told it would only take “approximately 60 days on or about August 19” to respond to my PRR my first thought was… gosh maybe this won’t end up being as hard as I anticipated it would be. How wrong I was!

My last interaction with the City of Spokane regarding PRR C000679-061319 was on November 18, 2020 when they informed me that a response to my PRR “may be available in approximately 30 days, or on or about December 18, 2020. I have to be honest I didn’t get really excited about the possibility of getting a response to my PRR yesterday…for rather obvious reasons.

The question I have for my readers is do you think this is really a “MYSTERIOUS CASE? If you really think it is maybe this link to all my interaction with the City of Spokane regarding PRR C000679-061319 will help you to come to a conclusion.



Certainly, a question that should be asked so I will!

The LBGQT cause has most certainly come a long way since 1969 when I first became involved with the LBGQT Community and was asked by a friend to work security as a Police Officer for the yearly Imperial Ball (Gay Ball) held at the Grotto Hall. My job was primarily to keep any “Straights” from causing trouble, but that primary responsibility soon evolved into many other responsibilities one of which included being the Judge of each and every Drag Queen Show and picking the top Drag Queen performance based upon criterion set up by the Lilac Court. That particular responsibility wasn’t without its drawbacks because no matter who I chose someone was unhappy especially if I choose one of the many out of town DQs. Soon I became the SPD go to person for all issues involving the LBGQT Community and was often contacted by its leaders Jack Allen and Sharon Wilson who became good friends of mine. When the Grotto Hall Venue became too small for the yearly Imperial Balls Jack, Sharon, and I had several meetings with bigwigs at the Sheridan Hotel and were able to convince them to hold the yearly program there.

This old SR story by Chris Peck will give you some idea of what it was like back in the day, something that is really easy to tell just from the SR Headline. The Headline speaks for itself and boy did I get calls.

Back during those times, the leaders of the LBGQT cause were well respected members of the Spokane Community some gay but not “out” and others who were quietly “out”. But today it is a completely different story and taking a look at some of the current supposed and self-proclaimed leaders would have to make most people wonder what their agenda is.

One of the self-proclaimed leaders we all know, and love is Thomas Haugen AKA Tom Robinson who along with one of the other “leaders” Nicolette Ocheltree, started two activist groups known as “500 Drag Queen Strong” and “Stronger Together Spokane”.



Tom Haugen is rather infamous for not only for his false claim of being a retired Law Enforcement Officer, but also his finger waving propensity and as some have reported his efforts to provoke people into confrontations.

Another rather infamous “leader” is none other than former failed write in Mayoral Candidate Nicolette Ocheltree who attempted to parlay the library Drag Queen Shows for kids into a winning Mayoral bid which didn’t even come close to working. During her campaign Ocheltree portrayed herself as a victim, including being the victim of domestic violence and only recently admitted to being the perpetrator of DV and acknowledging her domestic violence arrest.

Then of course we have the always armed, pretend tough guy, and self-promoter Tanner Rowe who consistently backs members of the LBGQT community and purports to have no problem with the LBGQT cause or issues.

Having said all that recent evidence has come to light that in fact these leaders do have a serious problem with at least some homosexual interaction which can be clearly observed in their recent public social media comments.

The public statements by these leaders of the local LBGQT cause belie all of their many past statements and represent a hypocrisy second to none.

I must admit, even though I am not gay, I have several times in the past held another man’s “dick” in my hands. Each and every time was when I didn’t have a rookie around so I had to put the gloves on swab the “dick” and pull pubic hair during the investigative process, so the accusations I have held a man’s “dick” in my hand for sexual gratification are not in the least bit true and as far as Matt Shea is concerned I have never met or been close to the guy to even talk to him face to face.

In my opinion the local Spokane LBGQT Community should take a close look at who they have adopted as their leadership and start questioning whether or not the Politicians and Power Structure here actually pay any attention to them, or even should pay any attention to them.

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