SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane city officials said Monday they want to move forward after a judge ruled the recall effort against Mayor David Condon would not continue.
That ruling was just one of the controversies that has happened within the last eight months. City Council President Ben Stuckart said he thinks some of the public cannot truly move past the controversies, but he has.
Construction, crime prevention, and economic development are issues the council said have been on the back burner. That is because most of the city council meetings or forums deal with concerns the public has about past city mishandlings.
Spokane Mayor David Condon announced Interim Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl will stay on as SPD chief permanently. Meidl, who took over in July when Jim McDevitt stepped down as Spokane Police Department Director of Law Enforcement to enjoy retirement, had been serving as assistant chief for the department before being left in charge.
Those are all things the council said have been at the forefront of city business for far too long.
“Some are still looking for someone to hold responsible for what happened and that’s their right,” Stuckart said, “but in my position, I need to get things done and in order to do that we all have to get along and keep moving forward.”
Council members said they want to move on to issues of public safety and hearing the issues brought forth at town hall meetings.
Former councilman Joe Shogan asked Monday night why Condon and other city officials were not being held accountable.
“Are you going to lead this as an example to the citizens of this city that if you’re the mayor and the city administration that you don’t have to be held accountable for anything?”
Council members said they are working on solutions to keep past issues from happening again.
Regarding the police chief search, the city is still without a permanent chief. Four candidates will be interviewed by the public on Tuesday at the WC Community Center at 6:00 p.m.
Business owners are frustrated after losing customers due to downtown construction. City Council President Ben Stuckart asked for an update on the construction and when it will be finished during a meeting on Monday. During the meeting, several people voiced concerns about the downtown construction in Spokane.