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Interim Spokane ombudsman position offered

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Wednesday the Spokane Ombudsman commission has made its pick out of the three finalists for the police ombudsman; the person responsible for holding the Spokane Police Department accountable. Wednesday the Spokane Ombudsman commission has made its pick out of the three finalists for the police ombudsman; the person responsible for holding the Spokane Police Department accountable.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Wednesday, the Spokane Ombudsman commission made its pick out of the three finalists for the police ombudsman; the person responsible for holding the Spokane Police Department accountable.

While they're offering one man the interim position,  there's still a long way to go before someone takes the job for good.

Wednesday evening,  the ombudsman commission met to move forward in the hiring process to fill a position many people say has been open for far too long. After a lengthy debate, the ombudsman commission voted to offer the vacant ombudsman position to one of the three finalists; but only on an interim basis. During a special meeting, commission members voted to offer the position to Robert Breeden. The retired Assistant Special Agent in Florida has more than three decades of law enforcement experience. He was one of three finalists chosen by a selection committee of more than 40 applicants nationwide to replace longtime ombudsman Tim Burns who retired in January. 

Unhappy there hasn't been an interim ombudsman in place since the beginning of the year, commission members felt they had to fill the position even though there were significant concerns about all three candidates, including Breeden.  

The 32 year veteran retired after an investigation last year found he violated department policy and created a hostile environment at work. He denies those allegations.

Despite their concerns, the five members voted to offer the position to Breeden on an interim basis as the vetting process into him continues. The commission will now present their decision to the city. It's unclear at this point whether or not Breeden will accept the offer in hopes the position could become permanent. 

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