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Mayor Condon stays within SPD and chooses Craig Meidl as new Police Chief

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

After considering and interviewing multiple applicants for Spokane's new Police Chief, Mayor David Condon decided to stay within the department and choose Craig Meidl as Spokane's new Police Chief. 

The search for a new chief was conducted with the help of a professional recruiting firm after former Chief Frank Straub left the department. The firm drew candidates from across the country and while Condon said the two finalists, Robert Lehner and Dominic Rizzi Jr., were "highly qualified", he ultimately chose to stay within the department and picked current Assistant Chief Craig Meidl. 

“We considered some very qualified applicants, but the conversations I had with the community always came back to fit,” Condon said. “Sometimes you have to look far and wide to discover that what you are looking for has been with the department the entire time.”

Meidl started with the Spokane Police Department in January 1994 and throughout his 22-year career has held the ranks of Captain, Major, and Assistant Chief. Meidl holds a master's degree from Gonzaga in organization leadership with an emphasis on servant leadership and has attended the FBI National Academy and Senior Management Institute for Police, according to a City of Spokane press release. 

Speaking to KHQ Monday morning, finalist Dominic Rizzi Jr. said Mayor Condon told him he didn't feel the Spokane City Council would confirm his nomination and said he felt it would be a disservice if he did nominate either of them and they were rejected. Rizzi said he was disappointed and really enjoyed his time in Spokane and hopes to retire in the area. 

The other finalist, Robert Lehner issued this statement to KHQ: 

"I enjoyed meeting many of the city’s stakeholders during the selection process.  I understand the complex, difficult situation faced by the city in replacing your police chief and I appreciate being considered for the challenge.  My very best wishes are with the City of Spokane and the many dedicated men and women that provide policing services to its residents."

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