Condon Outlines City Hall Plans

SPOKANE, Wash. - While one would hope their transition into elected office is smooth, so far Spokane Mayor-elect David Condon's road has been filled with plenty of potholes.

At a press conference Tuesday morning, Spokane Mayor-elect David Condon said he thought Mary Verner's concession would've happened Monday night. However he learned of her concession through Facebook instead.

"At his point I do think we need to move forward. I was under the understanding that the mayor was going to have some announcement last night," Condon said Tuesday morning.

Condon then pressed forward with the future of Spokane, laying out some of his top priorities in the coming weeks, including creating five task forces to help deal with important issues.

The first: How do we improve public safety for Spokane and the people of Spokane?

The mayor-elect talked about public safety, the gap in trust between the public and the police department and said he supported the outgoing mayor's request for an investigation of the Spokane Police Department by the Department of Justice.

"I'd welcome it as we built back that confidence in our police force and see where we need to make any corrections if we do," Condon said.

Mayor Verner left many things on the table until the last minute, including her request to have the DOJ conduct a review of the Spokane Police Department.

"I think one of the key issues there is bringing in the Department of Justice so we can validate or find those areas that we need to make better," Condon said.

Condon says he'll take up that torch and hopefully shedding light on the police department's trustworthiness.

"I'm willing to partner with them, be quite honest and say, how do we make this happen," he said.

His second task force would look at maximizing Spokane's ability to grow local jobs and attract new businesses, while his third task force would look at reforming the city and structure its budget for the future.

"I vowed that I think our city work force should look similar to what the private sector is and we should address that subject," he said.

Condon says he's willing to sit down with labor unions and talk about percentages and pay structure concerning city employees.

"The reality is that means concessions on both sides and I think the administration needs to lead from the front and I plan on doing that," Condon said about taking a pay cut in office to show that he's willing to take cuts to set an example for the rest of the city employees.

The fourth task force he wants to create will look to address the infrastructure needs of the city without drastic increases in residential utility rates. With a vote on water rates pending, Condon says he would like the council to hold off on a decision.

Finally, his fifth task force will look at enhancing the quality of life for Spokane. That could mean combining some services with the county under certain conditions, like the possibility of a metro approach to the police department.

"One, we save money, and two that we maintain or enhance the service," Condon said.

In an attempt to start fresh, Condon also suggested he'd clean house, referring to embattled Assistant City Attorney Rocky Treppiedi, who came under fire for his handling of the Otto Zehm case.

"It would be very difficult for me to maintain his employment at the city hall knowing what has been made available to me," he said. RELATED VIDEOS: Condon Outlines City Hall Plans Interview With Spokane Mayor-Elect David Condon