City of Spokane Mayor Picks Police Chief Finalists

Jul 19, 2012

Four finalists for Police Chief in Spokane have been identified by Spokane Mayor Condon. Reporter Paige Browning has details.

The candidates come from public safety backgrounds across the U.S., with not one from the northwest. Finalist Daniel Mahoney comes from the San Francisco Police Department where he serves as Commanding Officer of the Ingleside Police Station. From Rochester, New York’s Police Department comes George Markert, current director of the Office of Public Integrity there. Finalist Frank Straub currently serves as director of public safety for the city of Indianapolis. Another candidate from California, Blair Ulring, served in the Stockton Police department for 28 years, most recently as Police Chief.

The City of Spokane hosts in person interviews Wednesday, July 25th. The Police Advisory Committee segment of the interview process is open to the public. Five panels total will screen the candidates. The public interviews will occur throughout the afternoon of July 25th in the City council Chambers. They will also broadcast live on channel 5 in Spokane.

Marlene Feist at the City of Spokane says the Mayor approached a broad base of people to create the panels. Panel members include the Spokane Tribal Police Chief, the District 81 schools superintendent, the president of the better business bureau, a member of the gay and lesbian community, and three city council members.

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