Spokane City Council delays vote on Ombudsman proposal




Posted on December 17, 2013 at 6:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 11:13 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. --  The Spokane City Council decided to delay making a decision about the new ombudsman ordinance at Monday night’s council meeting.

The council voted 5-2 to delay the vote on the ordinance until Feb. 3.  Council members wanted to continue fine-tuning the language in the proposal.

City leaders are trying to meet the requirements approved by voters to have an outside group look over investigations of City officers.  City leaders said this is as far as it can go to give the public what it wants.  

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The City of Spokane has had an ombudsman for years to review internal investigations and sit in on interviews for police complaints.

Voters last February approved giving that position more independent investigative authority.

A change to city policy later crafted by Spokane Mayor David Condon would have also created a five-member citizen review commission to oversee investigations.  The City Council rejected the mayor’s plan in November. They wanted the ombudsman to be more independent.

At Monday’s council meeting, a vote on a new police contract was also delayed until Feb. 3.

The meeting was the final council meeting of the year.