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Mayor Condon Names Scott Stephens Interim Police Chief

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Spokane Mayor David Condon named Scott Stevens the city's Interim Police Chief at a news conference on Tuesday (Photo: KHQ) Spokane Mayor David Condon named Scott Stevens the city's Interim Police Chief at a news conference on Tuesday (Photo: KHQ)
SPOKANE, Wash. -

In one of his first actions as the chief executive of Spokane, Mayor David Condon on Tuesday officially named an interim police chief and announced he could no longer trust the Assistant City Attorney in charge of advising the police department.

Condon's first item of business at the news conference at the Neva-Lidgerwood COPS shop in East Spokane was to name Maj. Scott Stephens the city's Interim Police Chief. Stephens, a long-time veteran of the force and Assistant Police Chief, took the oath of office immediately following the announcement.

"Scott has proven himself as a capable leader during this time of transition," said Mayor Condon.  "We will continue with a national search for a permanent chief, but Scott is the right choice to lead the department today."

Stephens is one of many possible candidates Mayor Condon could choose to lead the Spokane Police Department in the wake of Chief Ann Kirkpatrick's resignation. Condon said the nationwide search for a permanent chief would likely last several months. He said the City has received about a dozen applicants so far.

The announcement that Spokane City Attorney Rocky Treppiedi was no longer the police department's chief advisor came out during the question-and-answer portion of the mayor's news conference. He said, in light of high-profile cases that have plagued the police department over the past several months, including the Otto Zehm case, he could no longer trust Treppiedi's counsel. Condon said Treppiedi's job with the City would be reviewed.

Condon also announced the creation of a Mayor's Advisory Board on Policing whose duties will include:

  • Evaluating the use of body cameras on police officers
  • Enhancing public oversight of the police department
  • Increasing citizen involvement in policing, including the use of a citizens academy
  • Reliance on a Use of Force Commission to review the current policies and recommend the proper use of force by law enforcement

Former Spokane Police Chief Roger Bragdon was chosen as one of the advisors on the Mayor's board.

Condon also said he would rely on the report due out soon from the Commission on Public Safety, a group put together to make recommendations on how best to improve law enforcement in Spokane. The commission's report, due Jan. 10, is expected to recommend:

  • Criteria for hiring a new Chief of Police
  • Best model for policing
  • Best options for long-term funding

It is also expected that the Commission will consider whether to push for consolidation of the Police Department with the Sherriff's Office to create a metro police department that would serve the greater Spokane area as a whole.

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