A Stephens Inquiry

City announces a special investigation into the disciplining of former acting Police Chief Scott Stephens.

Just minutes ago, Spokane’s new Communications Director, Brian Coddington, released the following statement. (Judge Hogan helped the City and the Center for Justice reach an out of court settlement in the Otto Zehm case.)

Contact:         Brian Coddington
Communications Director
(509) 625-6740

Judge Michael Hogan to begin investigation on Wednesday

Former SPD Acting Chief Scott Stephens after his appointment last year.
Former SPD Acting Chief Scott Stephens after his appointment last year.

Spokane Mayor David Condon announced today that the city has hired a retired federal judge to conduct an internal investigation into the circumstances that resulted in Spokane Police Department Lt. Scott Stephens being placed on administrative leave.

Retired federal Judge Michael Hogan will begin his investigation on Wednesday. Hogan’s investigation is expected to be complete by the end of the month.

“We have established a process through which information can be gathered and evaluated objectively to produce the best result for everyone involved,” says Mayor Condon. “Judge Hogan is well respected, and his experience includes assistance on several cases in Spokane.”

Lt. Stephens served as interim chief and assistant chief prior to being reassigned and given the rank of lieutenant. Police Chief Frank Straub placed Lt. Stephens on administrative leave on Dec. 20. Lt. Stephens remains on administrative leave.

“This is a sensitive personnel matter during a time of transition that required some diligence to explore a mutually acceptable resolution,” says Mayor Condon.

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