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Spokane hires Indy's former public safety director as police chief

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Frank Straub will be the new police chief in Spokane, the mayor of the Washington city announced Wednesday.

Straub was most recently the director of public safety for the city of Indianapolis.

His appointment will be forwarded to the Spokane City Council for confirmation.

Straub will replace Anne Kirkpatrick, who retired.

Straub was previously the head of the city of White Plains, N.Y, Department of Public Safety, and 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.

Straub announced his resignation from Indianapolis in April but didn't officially leave the position until Aug. 10. Straub was hired in 2009 to clean up and modernize the Indianapolis Police Department but under went heavy criticism over investigators' mishandling of evidence in a fatal crash involving an officer.

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  • Spokane sounds nice.
    It's too bad that Mr. Straub encountered so much incompetence and blatant corruption in IMPD that he was unable to get his job done - getting stonewalled at every turn. One person, no matter how strong, can't get the job done. The only way to improve IMPD is a massive upheaval replacing hundreds of jobs. IMPD is an absolute embarrassment.
    • Mayoral leadership and fairness to the taxpayers?
      Uh so what should be reported in a business journal is WHY Mayor Ballard would pay someone whose performance has been so horrible and financially irresponsible (I am ignoring all the reported character flaw issues) for 4 months while the rank and file officers do not have personal protection gloves, pens, notebooks, toilet paper...and are expected to take pay cuts? In the private sector Straub would have been dumped even well before April. This Mayor thinks taxpayers want to pay more for less services while money has been hijacked from the general fund thru these corrupt TIF practices is out of his mind. The suburb taxpayers are paying for a police force which has been redirected downtown and to high crime areas while tax dollars are hijacked/fleeced from the general fund into TIFS and payback to those connected to the Mayor. Broad Ripple Parking Garage, City Way Project, Sleezy Parking Meter deal.....

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