Mayor's opposition weighs-in on Frank Straub lawsuit

SPOKANE, Wash.—The woman running against Mayor David Condon in the November election weighed in Friday the tort filed by former Police Chief Frank Straub against the City of Spokane.

The former Spokane Police Chief filed paperwork Thursday demanding $4 million. Straub's lawyer said there was a violation of due process Straub's termination. However, in September Mayor Condon called Straub's resignation a "mutual decision."

On Friday, mayoral candidate Shar Lichty chimed in on the issue too.

"It is apparent from the numerous versions the media and public have been given in regards to the 'resignation' of Frank Straub that we may never know the truth. The truth doesn't change and yet we continue to get conflicting and ever changing statements from the Mayor's office," wrote Lichty in a press release.

She went on to state that it was clear "Straub was not afforded his right to due process in regards to the two letters that the Mayor's office hastily released to the public."

Straub's lawyer, Mary Schultz, said he was informed about letters written by co-workers who complained about his leadership. Yet, she contends that Straub was not shown the letters. She claimed Straub was denied an investigation at the meeting as well.

Mayor Condon released a statement on the matter Thursday.

"This is unfortunate as we would like to move the Spokane Police Division forward without distraction," wrote Condon. "We received a signed resignation letter Tuesday morning, but because of a pending claim cannot comment further."

Lichty contended that the citizens of Spokane need "transparent, truthful leadership based on sound judgement-things the Condon administration is sorely lacking."

Lichty, who works for the Peace and Justice League, filed to run for mayor in April.


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