Press Release From The City Of Spokane:
Spokane Mayor David Condon today announced that he has appointed Frank Straub, formerly the Director of Public Safety for the City of Indianapolis, as Spokane's new Police Chief. Straub's appointment will be forwarded to the City Council for confirmation.
"I was looking for innovation, broad experience, and a desire to become part of our community, and I found that in Frank Straub," says Mayor Condon. "This was an intense process and a difficult decision, but we have selected a strong leader who will help our department grow and evolve into the future."
"I am honored to be selected as Spokane's next Police Chief," says Straub. "I am committed to building on the strengths and assets of the Spokane Police Department, and I look forward to learning more about my new home and my new department."
Straub's selection follows a comprehensive recruitment and selection process for the position of Chief. The selection process included two initial screening rounds, a day of interviews with five separate panels, collection of feedback from citizens, visits to the home cities of the two final candidates, and a variety of background checks.
Mayor Condon thanked interim Chief Scott Stephens and the entire command staff at the Police Department for their work during this critical transition. "Scott provided needed leadership and direction during a time of change," says Mayor Condon. "I want to personally thank him for his professionalism, his dedication to our community, and his strong support of the department and its officers."
The Mayor also thanked all the participants in the five panels that interviewed the three final candidates for the job; the officers, civilian employees, and volunteers of the Spokane Police Department; and the many citizens who weighed in on this issue.
The Mayor has asked Straub to concentrate on the following initially:
Continue implementation of the Mayor's Immediate Police Action Plan. Begin implementation of the recommendations from the Use of Force Commission. Lead the administration's policy proposal on enhanced civilian oversight. Seek accreditation for the SPD from an outside agency.
Straub brings a wealth of experience and educational achievement to this job. Before working for Indianapolis, Straub was the Commissioner of the City of White Plains, N.Y, Department of Public Safety and earlier worked for the New York City Police Department, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Naval Investigative Service, and the U.S. State Department.
He has a doctorate in criminal justice from the City University of New York, a master's in forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a bachelor's in psychology from St. John's University.
If confirmed, Straub will succeed Anne Kirkpatrick, who served as the City's top law enforcement official from September 2006 until December 2011. Chief Stephens has been serving as the City's interim Police Chief since Kirkpatrick's departure.
The Chief of Police position, which pays up to $165,000 a year, is responsible for managing the department's current 365 employees, including 275 commissioned officers, and a nearly $53 million annual budget.
Throughout the search, the Mayor has said that he is looking for a new Chief with:
A solid understanding of metro policing models. Experience in implementing cutting-edge policing techniques and approaches. The ability to be comfortable in the public eye.
A desire to integrate him or herself into the Spokane community.
Statement From Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich:
"Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich would like to extend a warm welcome to Spokane Police Department's new Chief of Police, Frank Straub. Sheriff Knezovich is looking forward to building a positive working relationship with Chief Straub and continue a positive working relationship with the Spokane Police Department."
Statement From Spokane County Board Of Commissioners:
SPOKANE COUNTY, August 22, 2012 – The Spokane County Board of Commissioners supports Mayor Condon's appointment of Frank Straub to lead the Spokane Police Department. Speaking on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, Chair Todd Mielke said the position of Spokane's Chief of Police impacts citizens throughout the county. "We understand that the public has asked for changes in law enforcement and recognize that this is an important step in the Mayor's process to achieve that goal." Mielke added, "We are encouraged regarding Mr. Straub's background in serving a community with a regional law enforcement effort. We believe his experience and perspective will be vital in our ongoing discussions about how best to provide law enforcement services to the citizens of this region."
Statement from Lt's and Capt's Association:
The Lieutenant's and Captain's Associations supports the Mayor's decision to select Dr. Straub as the next Chief of Police for the City of Spokane. We look forward to working alongside Chief Straub to rebuild the Spokane Police Department. We are confident that by working in concerted effort with Chief Straub, Mayor Condon and the citizens of Spokane that we will be successful in rebuilding and improving the Spokane Police Department.
Lt. Dan Torok
V.P. Lt's & Capt's Assoc.