Documents reveal law enforcement panel ranked Straub 3rd for Police Chief

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by HONORA SWANSON & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:24 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Several panels interviewed new Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub during a recent visit to Spokane and they weren't convinced Straub would be a good fit for Spokane. 

KREM 2 obtained the notes from the law enforcement panel recommending to Mayor Condon that none of the candidates were fit to be the next City of Spokane Police Chief back in July.

Click here to read the full document.

On the front page of the documents is a recommendation that says they did not feel they had the ideal candidate to recommend to the mayor.

The panel wrote that out of the three final candidates, Straub ranked third.

The group recommended the mayor start over completely.

Panel said none of the candidates showed passion, had the strength of community involvement, and had the ability to engage the community, or get the support of the police department.

The board also gave strengths and weaknesses for Straub. Among the strengths the panel listed, strong education and experience, decisions making skills and support of collaborative police work.

Extreme media and political baggage, a perception of major problems and issues in Indianapolis and lack of expression and emotion were cited as weaknesses.

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