SPOKANE, Wash. – Recall charges filed against Mayor David Condon were dismissed after Judge Blaine Gibson said they were factually and legally insufficient.
Gibson decided the charges against the mayor were not enough for a recall. Condon said this is something the public needs to know so he can move forward with city business.
“There are lessons to be learned,” said Condon.
The man who filed the recall petition, David Green, said he does not plan to appeal the court’s decision.
It has been over a year that a cloud of controversy has hung over the city of Spokane.
“I think it’s critical that we know and that the public knows that even through the review, the investigation, that we followed all of the rules, all of the policies and the law,” said Condon.
The recall petition stemmed from allegations against the mayor’s office for mishandling the removal of former Police Chief Frank Straub and withholding public records until after his reelection.
Many believe Condon violated the City’s Code of Ethics when answering questions at a press conference regarding sexual harassment complaints against Straub.
In addition, many accused Condon of violating code when he did not submit Craig Meidl’s appointment as police chief to the City Council for confirmation.
Judge Gibson said he did not determine if Condon had actually appointed Meidl from the information provided.
“The mayor is saying that Craig Meidl will be moved into the position of full chief. Is that an appointment?” said Gibson.
KREM 2 News asked Condon if he felt vindicated and how he plans to move forward with the city council. Condon referenced the State of the City address he gave in February.
“I apologized to the public that the confusion and the turmoil that this has caused is not something that we intended. We’re now several months later and we need to move forward,” said Condon.
City Council President Ben Stuckart has also called for the public to move forward.
“The Superior Court has ruled and now the city must turn the page, leave this ugly chapter in the past and move forward.” Stuckart said in a statement. "i am confident that Mayor Condon shares my belief that Spokane's future is bright."
Condon said his office has been looking at ways to make changes based on the issues brought forward.
(© 2016 KREM)