Recall charges filed against Spokane Mayor David Condon

Spokane Mayor David Condon
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A Spokane resident officially filed recall charges Tuesday afternoon against Spokane Mayor David Condon.

The charges accuse the Mayor of malfeasance and misfeasance and violating his oath of office.

The recall petition accuses Condon of delaying the release of records, misleading the media at a 2015 press conference, failing to submit appointment of Craig Meidl as SPD chief, and failing to follow City of Spokane and SPD policies with respects to a sexual harassment claim.

Charges

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1. 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.

2. 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 the question “Were there any sexual harassment complaints lodged against Frank?”

3. 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.

4. 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.

The recall charges draw heavily from an independent report conducted by the Seabold Group. The city released two versions of the report, one that specifically named Condon and Brian Coddington, the city spokesperson, and an amended version that removed their names.

Recall Charges filed against Condon

The man who filed the recall charges is named David Green. He is chair of Third Legislative District Democrats, but told KREM 2 he filed the petition against Condon as a private citizen. He said he did not ask his fellow committee members for comment on the recall charges before filing.

"I just want people to read this [the recall charges]," he said Tuesday afternoon over the phone. "This was not a decision based on emotion."

Green declined to discuss the matter further on-camera.

So far, Condon's office has not responded to requests for comment.

The charges will next go to the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney, who will be responsible for writing the synopsis. According to the Spokane County Communications Office, the prosecuting attorney will then have 15 days to forward the ballot synopsis and recall charges to the Spokane County 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," wrote Martha Lou Wheatley-Billeter of the Spokane County Communications Office in a release.

Condon was the first mayor in decades to win re-election. Former Mayor Jim West was recalled in 2005 amid allegations of a sex scandal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.