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Sheriff Knezovich also offered to serve as head of the police department in 2011 after then Chief Anne Kirkpatrick stepped down, and before former Chief Frank Straub was hired. Sheriff Knezovich also offered to serve as head of the police department in 2011 after then Chief Anne Kirkpatrick stepped down, and before former Chief Frank Straub was hired.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Could Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich become the next leader of the Spokane Police Department? It's unlikely, but a city source told KHQ that it is one of a number of options being considered by the Police Leadership Advisory Committee. The 8-person group was put together by Spokane Mayor David Condon to provide input on the hiring process for a new chief of Police.

However, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart doesn't think the proposal holds much water, saying he "doesn't like that option."

Sheriff Knezovich says he probably won't get the job because he believes there is a lack of political leadership at city hall to make that happen.

Sheriff Knezovich also offered to serve as head of the police department in 2011 after then Chief Anne Kirkpatrick stepped down, and before former Chief Frank Straub was hired.

Right now Rick Dobrow is serving as Interim Chief of Police, and has said he would take the job full-time if that's what city leaders want. Mayor Condon says he's not making any final decisions until he hears back from the Advisory Committee. The committee has been holding public forums, getting input from the citizens of Spokane on what they would like to see in a Chief, and how they want the hiring process to look.

The Committee is due to deliver a report later this month. They are tasked with the following:

  1. Review and make suggestions to the current police chief job description
  2. Identify the attributes the community is seeking in the next police chief
  3. Recommend the hiring and selection process that should be used

Mary Ann Murphy, who is the chairwoman of the Committee, says the next police chief needs to have a proven track record and history of leadership roles. Murphy says there is a crisis on the issue of trust between SPD and the community, especially in regards to race equity.

She adds she doesn't want the work of 8 volunteers to be put on the back burner.

"We're fine with giving our volunteer time for this," she said. "But we do not want to see a report sit on the shelf. We want to see him [Condon] act on the recommendations that he makes, and he has given us his word."

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