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6 questions with Spokane mayor David Condon

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In a 6 Questions interview with KHQ's Dan Kleckner Spokane Mayor David Condon said he's made some decisions that keep him up at night. In a 6 Questions interview with KHQ's Dan Kleckner Spokane Mayor David Condon said he's made some decisions that keep him up at night.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

In a 6 Questions interview with KHQ's Dan Kleckner Spokane Mayor David Condon said he's made some decisions that keep him up at night. "I've had to make difficult decisions," the Mayor said. "I've had many sleepless nights or early mornings. But ultimately they are my decisions that I have to live with when I go to sleep at night."

The Mayor was open to answering all of Dan's questions. Mayor Condon has been under fire for the way he handled a sexual harassment accusation from then Police Spokesman Monique Cotton, against then Police Chief Frank Straub. In documents KHQ requested, Cotton asked the Mayor to keep her accusation private. She did not want to file a formal complaint, she simply wanted to get away from Frank Straub. Mayor Condon worked with the City's Administrator, Theresa Sanders, to reassign Cotton to the Parks Department. In documents obtained by KHQ, Cotton asked that her transfer be made to appear to be one based on merit, not because of her desire to get away from Frank Straub.

This all started in April. Several weeks after top leadership in the Spokane Police Department, including Monique Cotton, had a blow up with Frank Straub, leading them to contact the Mayor detailing how Straub was difficult to work with and was creating a very hostile work environment. Mayor Condon would ultimately ask Frank Straub to resign, which he did in September.

But it would come out that Monique Cotton had been dating a Spokane Police Lieutenant, Mark Griffiths. Her lawyer confirmed that with KHQ. Griffiths was one of the police officers who signed a letter complaining about Frank Straub. Dan asked if it was odd for Cotton to bring up a sexual harassment claim while the man she was dating was expressing concern about Straub's leadership.

"Well, let's remember, I'm hearing this through the press. I had no knowledge of this relationship. But either way the reality was it had no bearing on me. What mattered was the group of officers who came to me with a signed letter about Frank Straub. These were the people directly reporting to the Chief. That's what weighed on me heaviest."

"For our viewers who are watching this tonight," Dan started, "can they rest assured that our Mayor is telling us the truth and nothing but the truth?"

"Absolutely. You're seeing a decision I made and you can disagree with that decision, but the facts are the facts. We honored a request from an employee not to do an investigation, but immediately put her in a position where she's thriving. In the police department we realized a change needed to be made in management there. I don't let things fester. I also make sure that those things that are validated are true, and not rumor."


Finally, Dan asked if taxpayers would be responsible for paying for Judge Michael Hogan's investigation into how the city handled the sexual harassment accusation against Frank Straub. "Well, this could have far-reaching effects on the employees of Spokane. I think it's well-suited that we use our taxpayer resources. We'll work through this, but I think we need to do it in a way that's not inflammatory and respects the individuals."

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