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Spokane Police Guild no-confidence vote on chief disputed

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The extent of dissatisfaction with Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick among the rank and file may not be as bad as union leaders suggest.

A document obtained by The Spokesman-Review shows Spokane Police Guild leaders misrepresented the results of a recent no-confidence vote.

The paper reports that of the 276 guild members, 112 voted no confidence in the department's leadership, or fewer than half. Guild President Ernie Wuthrich insisted earlier this month that more than half of the union's members had cast no-confidence votes against the chief, not just half of the members who actually cast ballots. Wuthrich has refused to disclose the exact results of the no-confidence vote, saying it's against union procedure.

 

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