There are high expectations for new police chief Frank Straub to straighten out the department and regain the public's trust. But how did we get to this point?
The problem is that two of the past three chiefs of police have brought controversy to the department, something both Mayor David Condon and the city council hope won't happen this time around.
When the search first began, Condon announced he would go outside of the department to hire a new chief to help straighten out the department; no one within the department, including acting Chief Scott Stephens, would be considered for the position.
It's a course of action that has been tried by past city leaders in recent years.
In 1998, then-City Manager Bill Pupo hired Alan Chertok of Newport News, VA. to be police chief. Chertok's tenure as chief however was just nine months, resigning amidst complaints of his leadership and communication from his officers and an ill-advised comment made to high school students where he suggested that former Spokane Police Chief Terry Mangan, who at the time was working for the FBI, had been considered a suspect in the Spokane Serial Killer investigation.