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Condon appoints retired federal judge to look into handling of Spokane Police personnel matters

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Spokane Mayor David Condon announced today that a retired federal judge will conduct an inquiry into how recent personnel matters related to the Spokane Police Division have been handled. Spokane Mayor David Condon announced today that a retired federal judge will conduct an inquiry into how recent personnel matters related to the Spokane Police Division have been handled.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Facing a firestorm of criticism, Spokane Mayor David Condon announced Monday morning that a retired federal judge will conduct an inquiry into how recent personnel issues within the Spokane Police Department have been handled. 

Condon's Communications Director, Brian Coddington, said Judge Michael Hogan will "examine the process followed in each instance and will also review City policies governing employee complaints." 

The move comes a day after a Spokesman Review article outlined "layers of secrecy" within City Hall that led to the ousting of former Police Chief Frank Straub and the reassignment of Police Communications Manager Monique Cotton to the parks department. 

Judge Hogan will also look into the public record fulfillment process. 

“Personnel matter are sensitive and present unique challenges,” Condon said in a press release. “Part of making sure employees are treated fairly and appropriately is learning where we can improve and where there may be gaps.”

Hogan will begin his inquiry tomorrow and prepare a report of his findings at the conclusion of his work. That report will be released to the public. No timetable has been set for Hogan to conduct his inquiry, but he intends to spend time in Spokane in December as part of that work. 

According to his website, Judge Hogan is a "mediator who has led thousands of disputes to a fruitful settlement." Hogan previously brokered a settlement in the civil case brought against the City of Spokane by the family of Otto Zehm, who died after a confrontation with police. 

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