Both Spokane's mayor and City Council agree that is time to move forward following a judge's decision to deny a recall vote to get the mayor out of office.
Mayor David Condon says the last few months have been a "difficult time to say the least," but that the city has learned many lessons, and it is time to move forward for the sake of the citizens.
City Councilman Breean Beggs said, just because the charges are dropped, the issues that brought the City to that point, still need to be addressed.
Meanwhile, Condon says the City will learn from the issues stemming from the forced resignation of former police Chief Frank Straub.
“We really want to look across the board, and look at best business practices, in municipal government both in work force issues and also in public records,” Codon said.
Condon said he and his staff have launched a task force on dealing with issues of harassment to update policies, and that Spokane and other cities are creating a commission on how public records are handled.
Yesterday, Council President Ben Stuckart released a statement saying, "Now the entire city must turn the page, leave this ugly chapter in the past, and move forward."
“My sense from the judge is that the issues of concern that caused the recall are important issues, it's just that the recall procedure isn't the way to address them,” Beggs said.
Beggs also said the city council is still going to address human resource policies, especially around sexual harassment.
“We still need to get to the bottom of the public records issues,” he said.
Beggs says city council is exploring the idea of making the City attorney's office independent from the City.
“So the advice on public records being released will be independent and accountable to the voters and there's no perception that it's political,” he said.
Stuckart, Beggs, and Condon say moving forward, the City is focused on construction, public safety, and economic development.
“Beyond those problems that still need to be addressed, I think we're looking for common group to work with the mayor,” Beggs said. “We have some exciting times in front of us, but we really want to focus on job creation, bringing down our crime rate, we've had huge progress in that area, but we still have work to do.”
However, Condon is not completely out of the woods yet. He still faces the City's Ethics Commission at the end of the month as it addresses the complaint that alleges Condon was dishonest at a press conference when asked about a sexual harassment allegation against former Police Chief Straub.