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Mayor Condon faces fourth ethics complaint stemming from Straub harassment claim

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Spokane Mayor David Condon is now facing a fourth ethics complaint, lodged against the Mayor for how he handled allegations of sexual harassment against former police Chief Frank Straub. Spokane Mayor David Condon is now facing a fourth ethics complaint, lodged against the Mayor for how he handled allegations of sexual harassment against former police Chief Frank Straub.
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Spokane Mayor David Condon is now facing a fourth ethics complaint, lodged against him for how he handled allegations of sexual harassment against former police Chief Frank Straub.

The complaint was filed by the local chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW). Their complaint says Condon failed to provide a safe workplace for women in the Spokane Police Department and by extension, all women who work for the City of Spokane.

The ethics complaint stems from an accusation made by former Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Monique Cotton against former Police Chief Frank Straub. Mayor Condon has said that Cotton never made a filed a formal complaint and he handled things as appropriately as he could by moving Cotton to the Parks Department. Frank Straub was forced to resign later in the year, though the Mayor has said Cotton's complaint had little to do with his decision to move on from Straub. He says the issues with Straub were more about Straub's relationship with top police leadership.

6 questions with Spokane mayor David Condon

Mayor Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart have begun the process of hiring an independent investigator to look into how the city handled the sexual harassment complaint and whether city policy needs to be amended to prevent future problems.

This is the fourth ethics complaint filed against Mayor Condon this month. In response to the complaint, Mayor Condon issued the following statement:

“The underlying series of events will be examined and considered as part of the joint independent inquiry process that is underway. We need to let that process play out and learn from the lens of independent inquiry to make sure employees are treated fairly and appropriately.”

You can read the full ethics complaint here.

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