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One of Spokane's mayoral candidates filed an ethics complaint against two key city employees. One of Spokane's mayoral candidates filed an ethics complaint against two key city employees.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

One of Spokane's mayoral candidates filed an ethics complaint against two key city employees.  This happening just two weeks before the general election.

Shar Lichty filed the complaints against Spokane city spokesman Brian Coddington and city administrator Theresa Sanders.  Lichty claims the pair lied about former police chief Frank Straub's resignation and violated city code.   

Lichty says as a citizen she expects honesty and transparency from city government.  "My whole campaign has been about accountability, transparency and good government," says Lichty. 

The complaints against Sanders allege dishonesty about conflicts that existed between Straub and former police spokesperson Monique Cotton.  The complaint also suggests that Sanders was dishonest with the public about the reason for Cotton's transfer to the Parks Department

The complaints against Coddington allege dishonesty with the public in his statements to the media.  Lichty states that "Coddington denied Straub's imminent departure to at least one member of the media on the day he resigned."    

"When they're lying to the public via media, that's a violation of the code of ethics and they should be held accountable," says Lichty.   "It's kind of in my nature to hold the incumbent that I'm running against accountable for the actions, lack of actions, or misdeeds under their administration.  If I were the mayor right now and they were my employees I would be the one filing the ethics violations against them, as the mayor."

Coddington responded to the ethics complaints saying, "Information in situations evolves and we try our best to provide the most current information available at the time we are asked. We'll let the ethics commission evaluate the complaint."

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