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Lt. Craig Meidl will begin immediately as the interim assistant chief Lt. Craig Meidl will begin immediately as the interim assistant chief
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Interim Police Chief Rick Dobrow has named a new assistant chief.

Lt. Craig Meidl will begin immediately as the interim Assistant Chief. Here's what Chief Dobrow wrote to KHQ: "Meidl is operating out-of-grade as Assistant Chief, specifically to assist me. As Interim, I was no longer able to sustain acting in two roles. Meidl's position is not permanent at this time."

Working "out-of-grade" means that someone has been authorized by a supervisor, in this case Chief Dobrow, to perform duties of a higher grade than the actual grade of the member. It can also mean when someone is tasked with performing duties of a higher grade for a minimum of two hours per day.

Meidl was already an Assistant Chief, under former Chief Frank Straub. However, after Straub had been in Spokane for about year Meidl, and two other high ranking members of the SPD leadership team had stepped down and opted for demotions.

When he stepped down, back to the rank of lieutenant, Straub filled the role of Assistant Chief with Rick Dobrow. Meidl then began working as a captain, leading the department's Hillyard precinct.

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