SPOKANE, Wash. – A judge is scheduled to decide Tuesday whether the process to recall Spokane Mayor David Condon will continue.
The hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. in Superior Court.
Initially, the hearing was scheduled for Monday but it got pushed to Tuesday after Mayor Condon filed a motion for a new judge. Condon felt he was not going to get a fair and impartial hearing in front of Judge T.W. Small from Chelan. So, the case will be heard in front of Judge Blaine Gibson from Yakima. But even if the Judge rules against Condon and in favor of the recall process moving forward, this is just the beginning.
A petition was filed by David Green claiming Mayor Condon delayed the release of public records until after his re-election, violated the Spokane Code of Ethics, violated the Spokane Municipal Code and Charter and failed to follow City and Spokane Police Department Policies for the sexual harassment claims made by former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton.
If the Judge rules in favor of Green and the recall effort moves forward, the mayor has 15 days to appeal the judge's decision directly to the Supreme Court. The appeal would be considered an emergency matter of public concern, so according to the statute, the Supreme Court would have 30 days to rule on the appeal.
If no appeal is filed, Green can start collecting signatures from voters in favor of recalling Mayor Condon on September 29th. The group then would have 180 days to collect 12,355 signatures. Those signatures then have to be validated by the Spokane County Auditor's Office. If those are validated, a recall election would be held 45 to 90 days later, which would put Mayor Condon's recall in the hands of voters in June or early July of 2017.
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