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 . . .
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.