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Stuckart: 'If the Mayor refuses to do his job and lead on this crucial issue the Council will do it for him'

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Mayor David Condon (Left) and Council President Ben Stuckart (Right) Mayor David Condon (Left) and Council President Ben Stuckart (Right)
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Strong words coming from Spokane's City Council Thursday morning as they consider confirming Mayor David Condon's choice of Craig Meidl as the new Chief of Police. 

Mayor Condon appointed Meidl as Chief earlier this week, saying he would not immediately be seeking confirmation from City Council on his choice. Meidl himself told KHQ that he wants City Council to confirm his appointment. 

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“We must follow the City Charter and Municipal Code when division or department heads are appointed,” City Council President Ben Stuckart said in a press release. “We do not get to choose when or if we follow the law. If the Mayor refuses to do his job and lead on this crucial issue the Council will do it for him.”

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The answer? The City Council announced on Thursday they would "consider" a resolution that would confirm Meidl as Chief later this month, but not before getting input from the community. 

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Two community forums will be held this month, and will be open to the public where members of City Council and citizens will have the opportunity to ask Meidl questions. 

After hiring an independent firm to help conduct a nationwide search for a new Chief, and narrowing the list of 31 applicants down to two, Mayor Condon called a surprise audible on Monday and chose to instead hire from within the department and appoint Craig Meidl as the new Chief. 

“Since Monday’s surprise announcement I have heard from citizens that feel shut out of the process,” said Lori Kinnear. “Engaging the community with public forums and bringing forward the confirmation resolution allow us a path forward.” 

Dates for the public forum have not yet been scheduled, but when they are, they will be open to the public. 

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