Recall charges filed against Condon

Recall charges filed against Condon

The Spokane Elections Office confirmed Tuesday afternoon that recall charges have been filed against Mayor David Condon.

The recall charges were filed by Spokane CPA David Green, who is listed on the Spokane County Democrats website as being the chair for the Third District. Green declined a request for an interview for this story but confirm he filed the petition.

Green also e-mailed KXLY a ten-page statement of charges against Condon addressed to Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton, saying that the Spokane mayor “committed acts of malfeasance and misfeasance and his violated his oath of office.”

The four charges Green leveled against Condon include:

David Condon, Mayor of Spokane, committed an act of malfeasance and misfeasance and violated his oath of office when he withheld information with the purpose and intent of delaying the release of records requested with respect to the Frank Straub matter, as more fully described in the Seabold Group investigative reports and related letter.
David Condon, Mayor of Spokane, committed an act of malfeasance and misfeasance and violated his oath of office when he said “no” at the September 22, 2015 press conference when asked the question “Were there any sexual harassment complaints lodged against Frank?”
David Condon, Mayor of Spokane, is committing an act of malfeasance and misfeasance and violating his oath of office by his continuing failure to submit the appointment of Craig Meidl to Spokane City Council in accordance with the Spokane Municipal Code.
David Condon, Mayor of Spokane, has committed an act of malfeasance and misfeasance and violated his oath of office by his failure to follow City and Spokane Police Department policies with respect to the sexual harassment claim by Monique Cotton, resulting in direct financial loss to the taxpayers and citizens of Spokane.

Attached to Green’s email were links to both recalldavidcondon.com, a website parked on GoDaddy, and a Recall David Condon Facebook page that is not visible as of early Tuesday afternoon. Green explained the sites are not live yet due to a picture on both sites he’s waiting for permission from the Spokesman-Review to use. The physical return address for the e-mail was listed as the Recall David Condon Committee with a Spokane area PO Box.

Spokane County reported the filing had taken place and the next steps that will take place now the recall charges have been field. The charges will now be forwarded to Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell to write the ballot synopsis. Within 15 days Haskell’s office will then forward the charges and his office’s synopsis with the Superior Court.

If the Court determines that the charges rise to the level of misfeasance, malfeasance or violation of oath of office, the sponsors can begin collecting signatures for a recall election on the 16th day following the decision.

Over the last several months there has been a growing swell of discontent toward Condon in the wake of the dismissal of Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub and the manner in which sexual harassment claims made by former police spokesperson Monique Cotton were handled by Condon’s administration.

In late July community leaders with the National Organization of Women and the Peace and Justice Action League called for Condon’s resignation; Sherry Jones with the Spokane NOW chapter said his cover up of sexual harassment claims until after his re-election last November was a betrayal of the public’s trust.

Condon said in late July he would not resign.

The last time a Spokane mayor faced recall was in 2005, when then-Mayor Jim West was recalled in the wake of a media-driven investigation after allegations of sex abuse were raised in a series of Spokesman-Review articles.

A grassroots recall effort led by Spokane-area resident Shannon Sullivan wound its way through the legal system all the way to the Washington State Supreme Court, which ruled recall petitions could be circulated, eventually led to West being recalled from office in December of 2005. No criminal charges were ever filed against him.