City requests academy waiver for new police Chief



Posted on August 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 10:33 AM

SPOKANE-- Frank Straub has to become a commissioned officer to hold the title of Spokane Police Chief. Due to Straub’s federal law enforcement background, it might take a little longer for that to happen.

Mayor Condon announced Frank Straub as the future Spokane Chief of Police on Wednesday during a press conference.

The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission grants officer commissions in the state. Straub has one year to receive his commission after starting work according to the City of Spokane.

Straub comes with years of federal experience, but a federal commission isn't recognized in the State of Washington. Straub may have to attend basic law enforcement academy.

The City of Spokane has requested a waiver, and has asked the new chief attend a nine week online course instead of the 720 hour police academy.

The city must provide a detailed resume of Straub's work experience to the training commission. Board members will then determine whether they want to grant Straub a waiver of the academy.

If approved, the new chief will attend the next available course in October or January according to the commission. Straub will spend the first and last day of class at the campus in Burien, Washington. The rest will be done online from Spokane.

Once Straub completes the nine week course, he will receive his Peace Officer Certification.

If the academy waiver is not granted, the city will "cross that bridge when they come to it," City of Spokane Public Affairs Officer Marlene Feist.

The Training Commission's next meeting is September 12th. If the City of Spokane gets all the paperwork in before then commission board members could make a decision on the waiver during that meeting.