Former colleague of Police Chief candidate makes troubling claims

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by Ashley Korslien & KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 26 at 6:20 PM

SPOKANE—A former colleague of Spokane Police Chief candidate Frank Straub has troubling claims about him during his time in the Indianapolis Police Department.

Retired Indianapolis Police Officer Paul Thompson says from the start, people had trouble accepting Straub’s leadership style. 

Straub is currently Director of Public safety for the city and Thompson believes Straub is leaving Indianapolis with a less than favorable reputation.

Despite a budget shortfall, Thompson claims Straub wasn’t fiscally responsible.  He claims Straub used tow uniformed police officers to drive him around town, which took away from an already understaffed department.

Thompson also says he made some officers provide their own personal hygiene and other items at work because of the tight budget.

When asked whether he would hire Straub as Police Chief he wouldn’t answer directly, but said he hopes for the best for Straub and Spokane.

Thompson also says that during a recent Public Safety Council Meeting, an aide to the mayor said they “weren’t married to Straub’s resignation date of August 1st,” and he could be retained beyond that date.

After talking with Straub’s former colleague, several calls were made to Straub and the mayor’s office in Indianapolis with no response.

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