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Spokane City Council Reacts To Mayor Condon's Police Choice

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Most of the 7 city council members approve of mayor's decision for the new police chief. Katie Steiner talked to each member of the city council who will ultimately sign off on Mayor Condon's decision of hiring Frank Straub as Spokane's next police chief.

City Council President Ben Stuckart said that he is in favor of the appointment. "I know there has controversy in his past, but in my conversation with him he has explained those. Also, I had conversations with city council members in Indianapolis,  and I am really comfortable with him," Stuckart said.

His fellow councilman Steve Salvatori was just happy that someone was going to be filling the spot that he says has been open for quite a long time. "I think the mayor has made a great choice and I am supportive. I can't wait to see how things develop." 

Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin said that Straub will be an added asset to the police department. She said that his police administration skills will help get federal and state dollars that any other candidate might not be able to secure.  "I think it's going to be a new flavor for Spokane.I think we are going to keep some top notch police officers in the loop in the administration. I think there is going to be a good mix, I am very excited to see where this new administration is taking." 

Councilwoman Amber Waldref said that he has had some controversies in his past, but that has made him a better candidate and sites his experience as his greatest asset. "His experience, I think he has had his ups and downs, but I think that that builds your character and builds his understanding of how to make change happen in the best way. Maybe we will benefit from some of the communities he has worked in." 

Councilman Mike Fagan would have been happy with both men who were up for the police chief job. "Both of the candidates are excellent as far as I am concerned," Fagan said. 

Councilman Mike Allen was happy with the appointment, most excited about his experience in a larger city and his managerial experience. He was also happy with the process Mayor Condon used to chose Straub. "I am excited to have him on board," Allen said. 

Councilman John Snyder was the only council member who was not excited about the decision…yet. Councilman Snyder said that he has to do his research and decide how he wants to vote.

"I am focused on making the right decision. I need to make sure that he can handle the challenges," Snyder said. 

Councilman Snyder said that the soonest the council would vote would be mid-September. 

 

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