City Council gives Mayor more control of Spokane police

City Council gives Mayor more control of Spokane police

City Council gives Mayor more control of Spokane police

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 11:48 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Spokane City Council voted Monday to give the mayor more power to hire and remove top administrators in the police and fire departments.

The move was driven by police Chief Frank Straub's proposed reorganization and a Use of Force Commission recommendation to change the department's culture.

Straub says the change won't add costs because managers already serve in many of the roles under different titles.

The new system reduces civil service constraints by giving the mayor power to name directors and assistant directors for six offices within the police department and seven within the fire department.

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