Condon Holds First News Conference - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Condon Holds First News Conference

KHQ.COM - David Condon's sign in the front of his press conference read "Spokane Mayor Elect David Condon" as he spoke to the media for the first time since his victory over Incumbent Mayor Mary Verner a week ago Tuesday. In his address, Mayor Elect Condon said he supports Mary Verner's plan to launch a Department of Justice Investigation into the Spokane Police Department.

Condon said it always helps to have an extra set of eyes to make sure everything is going well. Condon said Mayor Verner has not reached out to him since winning the election last week and did not consult him on the DOJ investigation.

KHQ Local News asked the Mayor Elect about what his plans are with the police department and he said at this point anything is a possibility, including the idea of eliminating the department entirely, and contracting out to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.  

In a recent release Condon noted his lack of confidence in a national search for a Police Chief. "With regard to the City's current need for a new police chief, I believe that a national search conducted at this time won't yield highly qualified candidates."    

Condon also spoke of his priorities to keep the public safe, grow jobs, and continue to improve the quality of life. The Mayor Elect also named a few members of his transition team at Tuesday's event.

Press Statement from David Condon

I am grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support I've received from Spokane voters.  After yesterday's results, with the number of ballots remaining to be counted, it is statistically unlikely that Mary Verner will be able to catch up with our lead.  She ran a good race, focusing on issues and was respectful at our many meetings.  I appreciate that.

During the campaign we talked about some of the problems our city faces – restoring confidence in the police department, fixing water rates and attracting jobs here.  This will surely be a great challenge, but I want my decisions, and all of city government, to be open, accountable, and responsive to the citizens. 

I have received reports from City Hall assuring me that the Mayor and her team will cooperate fully with me and my transition team to make this as smooth as possible.  The Mayor and I know that a seamless transition is in the best interest of all Spokane citizens. 

With regard to the City's current need for a new police chief, I believe that a national search conducted at this time won't yield highly qualified candidates.  Qualified candidates will want to know that they have the support of the new mayor.  I want all options on the table as we work not only to find a new chief, but reform the department as a whole.

I'm looking forward to gathering ideas and laying out my plan to grow Spokane jobs and bringing leadership back to City Hall.

I look forward to introducing my transition team and laying out some of my initial plans at a press conference next Tuesday, November 15, at 10:00 a.m., at The Second Space Gallery (610 W. 2nd Ave., Spokane, WA 99201).

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