Spokane Police Chief finalists have history of controversy


by KREM.com & City of Spokane


Posted on July 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:01 PM

SPOKANE—  Spokane Mayor David Condon announced Wednesday the four finalists vying for the position of Chief of Police and the next steps in the chief selection process.

“We have some excellent candidates to consider for the very important job of Chief of Police,” says Mayor Condon.  “We remain on track to select a new Chief in August.”

Officials said the finalists were determined through two initial screening rounds.  The Mayor’s Advisory Board on Policing completed a review and ranking of all applications, and several City senior managers then completed phone interviews with seven top candidates.

The results of those screenings resulted in the following finalists:

Daniel J. Mahoney, is a Commanding Officer of the Ingleside Police Station within the San Francisco Police Department.  He oversees the daily police functions for the District of Ingleside, home to 123,000 residents.

Daniel Mahoney Resume

George E. Markert, is the Director of the Office of Public Integrity for the City of Rochester, N.Y., and previously the Executive Deputy Chief for the City of Rochester Police Department.

The Mayor of Rochester New York gave a glowing recommendation to candidate Markert. Markert is in charge of officer discipline and has also worked to integrate technology into the department. The mayor calls Markert a "tough cookie" and says he has full confidence in him.

George Markert Resume

Frank G. Straub, is the Director of Public Safety for the City of Indianapolis and former Commissioner of the City of White Plains, N.Y, Department of Public Safety. Straub will interview days before his resignation is affective in Indianapolis. Straub is currently the City's Director of Public Safety.

The local CBS affiliate reports Straub has seen controversy during his tenure. In 2010 an Indianapolis police officer struck and killed a motorcyclist while on duty. The CBS station there reports a city-council member and mayoral candidate asked for Straub to step down based on the handling of the case.

Straub is resigning now affective august 1st. It's unclear why in his three page resignation letter.

In the letter he writes about accomplishments during the year and 8 months he spent as director of public safety. Straub played a role in the safety plan for the super bowl. He also says he's implemented modern strategy and technology into the police department.

The city's communication director would not comment on Straub's time with Indianapolis.

Frank Straub Resume

Blair Ulring, is the retired Police Chief of the City of Stockton, Calif.  Ulring served in the Stockton Police Department for 28 years.

He officially retired last August after not receiving the pay raise he requested. He stayed on in an interim capacity until February of this year. According to the Stockton Police Officers Association, his tenure as chief was filled with controversy. He faced a no-confidence vote in 2010 and former colleagues referred to him as both an emperor and a dictator.
Earlier this summer Ulring was up for police chief in Flagstaff, Arizona. He did not get the job. He's also been named as a finalist for the top spot in Omaha, Nebraska.

Blair Ulring Resume

The finalists will be in Spokane on Wednesday, July 25, to participate in 5 interview panels, including one that is open to the public. The panels will include

  • Government executives and elected leaders.
  • Current and retired law enforcement professionals.
  • Community and business leaders.
  • Members of the Public Safety Committee from the Mayor’s Transition Team.
  • Police Advisory Committee (PAC) members & citizens.

Citizens will be able to attend the interviews conducted by the PAC in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.  These interviews also will be shown live on CityCable 5 and streamed on the City’s web site at www.spokanecity.org. CityCable 5 is the City’s government-access cable station and is found on channel 5 on the Comcast cable system in Spokane.

These interviews will be 50 minutes long and are scheduled on July 25 as follows:

  • 11:10 a.m. with Daniel Mahoney.
  • 1:15 p.m. with George Markert.
  • 2:20 p.m. with Frank Straub.
  • 3:25 p.m. with Blair Ulring.

Additionally, citizens can attend a meet and greet reception with the Chief candidates in the Chase Gallery in the lower level of City Hall from 4:30 to 6 p.m. also on July 25.

Citizens can provide their feedback on the candidates at the interviews in City Hall or by sending an email to policechiefsearch@spokanecity.org.  To check out the full interview panel, click here.