SPOKANE-- Spokane Council President Ben Stuckart and Council Member Steve Salvatori encouraged citizens to welcome Frank Straub into our community Friday.
The City Council will take up a resolution to confirm Straub as Chief at its Sept. 10 meeting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall. Council President Stuckart and Council Member Salvatori also encouraged citizens to show support for the new Chief at this meeting.
In a release from the City of Spokabe Stuckart said, “Ultimately, the success of our new Police Chief will be largely determined by how we as a community interact,” said Council President Stuckart. “Our elected leaders, employees, labor leaders, and citizens must work closely with the new Chief if we want to accomplish our shared goals of a safe and security community, with adequate civilian oversight and a rebuilding of public trust and accountability.”
“This is a time to welcome Chief Straub and accept him into our community. We must look for ways to capitalize on his experience, his education and the unique skills he brings to the job,” said Council Member Salvatori. “There will be plenty of time to critique and analyze his performance once he is in position and starts making and being responsible for critical decisions. He has my full support and confidence, and I am optimistic about the leadership he will bring to the SPD.”
“We have before us a tremendous opportunity to help shape the future of law enforcement in our City,” says Council President Stuckart. “We ask the community to join us in this effort and to base their opinion of our new Chief on his actions in Spokane. It’s a new day.”
Straub comes to Spokane with a wealth of experience and educational achievement to this job. Most recently, he was the Director of Public Safety for the City of Indianapolis noted the city’s release. Previously, he was the Commissioner of the City of White Plains, N.Y, Department of Public Safety and earlier worked for the New York City Police Department, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Naval Investigative Service, and the U.S. State Department.
He has a doctorate in criminal justice from the City University of New York, a master’s in forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a bachelor’s in psychology from St. John’s University.