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Spokane Police Department's Chief Craig Meidl hosts public forum

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Last month, Spokane Mayor David Condon approached Assistant Chief Craig Meidl and asked if he wanted the job of Chief. A few days later, despite hiring a professional firm and a months-long national search that had been narrowed down to two candidates, Mayor Condon announced Meidl would be Spokane's new Police Chief. 

The Mayor said his choice would not immediately be up for confirmation from Spokane City Council, a move that President Ben Stuckart was not a fan of. 

“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.”

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

The solution? The City Council said they would consider confirming Meidl, but only after getting input from the community. That input came Thursday night when Meidl hosted part in a public forum, where citizens were able to ask questions.

Citizens asked questions about everything from how Meidl was selected, to his response to the conviction of Karl Thompson, to how he plans to reduce the use of force within the department.

KHQ live streamed the entire forum on Facebook:

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