City Ethics Commission: Mayor Condon did not violate ethics code

City Ethics Commission: Mayor Condon did not violate ethics code

The City of Spokane Ethics Commission unanimously found Mayor David Condon did not violate the city’s ethics code when speaking to the City Council about the dismissal of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub.

The complaint claimed the mayor did not answer truthfully when asked if Monique Cotton had anything to do with Straub’s resignation.

Cotton was at one point the public information officer for Spokane Police, but was transferred to the Parks Department.

City leaders said the move was a promotion, but it wasn’t until later that it was revealed the move was because of her sexual assault allegations against Straub.

The panel said Wednesday they didn’t have enough evidence to support the complaint.

Mayor Condon released a statement Thursday on the decision:

“Over the past three years, we have learned a lot about city policies relating to employee conduct and how we administer them. Those learnings, with assistance from the community, have helped update our reporting practices and add new avenues to ensure an employee can file a complaint in person, electronically, over the phone, and anonymously if they so desire. I have also required my staff to be mandatory reporters of any complaint, formal or informal, to human resources for investigation.

Over the past three years, there has been considerable public discussion and debate, media attention, and third-party legal review of how we handle employee concerns and personnel matters. That scrutiny has included a federal judge, a state judge, a former federal prosecutor who conducted an independent review, and the Ethics Commission – each time with the same result. While we have not been perfect, we have been open, honest, and forthright.

While we have welcomed the scrutiny, it is time to move forward and focus on what has been learned to make sure employees feel comfortable and empowered to file a complaint if they so choose.”