Stuckart: 'If the Mayor refuses to do his job and lead on this c - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

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

Posted: Updated:
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. 

6 Questions with Spokane's new Police Chief, Craig Meidl

“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.”

RELATED: Uncovered docs call Cotton's move from Police to Parks Department into question

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. 

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

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. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Cheney teacher's Twitter thread on letting student sleep goes viral

    Cheney teacher's Twitter thread on letting student sleep goes viral

    Monday, May 21 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-05-22 01:34:14 GMT

    CHENEY, Wash. - A Cheney High School English teacher let a student sleep in his class last week and the thread on Twitter describing the reason has gone viral.  Monte Syrie tweeted the reason he let the student, Meg, sleep in class last week and the thread caught the attention of many.  The thread reads in its entirety here: 

    >>

    CHENEY, Wash. - A Cheney High School English teacher let a student sleep in his class last week and the thread on Twitter describing the reason has gone viral.  Monte Syrie tweeted the reason he let the student, Meg, sleep in class last week and the thread caught the attention of many.  The thread reads in its entirety here: 

    >>
  • Friends remember Spokane man fatally stabbed

    Friends remember Spokane man fatally stabbed

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 2:05 AM EDT2018-05-22 06:05:55 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash.- Friends and family are devastated and heartbroken over the death of 28-year-old Corey Ward, who was stabbed and slashed by a killer. Ward did not survive and so far, Spokane police haven't made any arrests. It happened on May 17 just before midnight in the 2400 block of West Cleveland in Northwest Spokane.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash.- Friends and family are devastated and heartbroken over the death of 28-year-old Corey Ward, who was stabbed and slashed by a killer. Ward did not survive and so far, Spokane police haven't made any arrests. It happened on May 17 just before midnight in the 2400 block of West Cleveland in Northwest Spokane.

    >>
  • Florida man climbs on playground equipment, tells kids where babies come from

    Florida man climbs on playground equipment, tells kids where babies come from

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 1:56 AM EDT2018-05-22 05:56:04 GMT

    CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. - A 30-year-old Florida man was fined $118 and ordered to stay away from a park after police say the man climbed on playground equipment and yelled at children in the area about where babies come from. Otis Dawayne Ryan was taken into custody on a charge of disorderly conduct around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon in Clearwater Beach, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

    >>

    CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. - A 30-year-old Florida man was fined $118 and ordered to stay away from a park after police say the man climbed on playground equipment and yelled at children in the area about where babies come from. Otis Dawayne Ryan was taken into custody on a charge of disorderly conduct around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon in Clearwater Beach, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Man pleads no contest in horrific abuse of boy who lost toes after being bound in closet for weeks

    Man pleads no contest in horrific abuse of boy who lost toes after being bound in closet for weeks

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:41 PM EDT2018-05-22 16:41:53 GMT

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - A 36-year-old man has pleaded no contest in the abuse of a 4-year-old Michigan boy who was locked in a closet for weeks, had lost several toes to gangrene and was near death when doctors examined him.   The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Isaac Miller's sentencing is July 2. Miller appeared Monday in a Calhoun County court.

    >>

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - A 36-year-old man has pleaded no contest in the abuse of a 4-year-old Michigan boy who was locked in a closet for weeks, had lost several toes to gangrene and was near death when doctors examined him.   The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Isaac Miller's sentencing is July 2. Miller appeared Monday in a Calhoun County court.

    >>
  • South Carolina grocery censors graduation cake inscription

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:37 PM EDT2018-05-22 16:37:51 GMT
    Facebook/Cara KoscinskiFacebook/Cara Koscinski
    Facebook/Cara KoscinskiFacebook/Cara Koscinski

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - A South Carolina woman isn't happy a grocery store censored her honor graduate son's cake, which was supposed to include the Latin phrase "Summa Cum Laude."  Cara Koscinski told The Washington Post a cake online from Publix that was supposed to say "Congrats Jacob! Summa Cum Laude class of 2018." 

    >>

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - A South Carolina woman isn't happy a grocery store censored her honor graduate son's cake, which was supposed to include the Latin phrase "Summa Cum Laude."  Cara Koscinski told The Washington Post a cake online from Publix that was supposed to say "Congrats Jacob! Summa Cum Laude class of 2018." 

    >>
  • Police say man beat dog because it ate his Whopper

    Police say man beat dog because it ate his Whopper

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:32 PM EDT2018-05-22 16:32:46 GMT

    DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Prosecutors say a Massachusetts man hit his dog in the head with a baseball bat because he was angry the animal ate his Burger King Whopper sandwich. Gregory Ostiguy was held on $5,000 bail after pleading not guilty Monday to animal cruelty. Officers responded to a Dartmouth street at around 7 p.m. Friday after witnesses reported seeing a man hitting and screaming at a dog in his car.  

    >>

    DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Prosecutors say a Massachusetts man hit his dog in the head with a baseball bat because he was angry the animal ate his Burger King Whopper sandwich. Gregory Ostiguy was held on $5,000 bail after pleading not guilty Monday to animal cruelty. Officers responded to a Dartmouth street at around 7 p.m. Friday after witnesses reported seeing a man hitting and screaming at a dog in his car.  

    >>