They accused city administrator Johnnie Perkins of racism and also alleged deep dysfunction inside City Hall.
But after the mayor announced an investigation into Alexander's allegations, the city administration cited the forthcoming investigation as a rationale to not grant interviews about the concerns he raised.
And public records? Thanks to changes in records law from the Washington Legislature, the Spokane City Clerk's office has announced that all records that the investigation could touch on will be reviewed, and potentially withheld until the investigation is complete.
Ironically, an investigation theoretically meant to provide accountability could also be delaying it. As the Woodward administration continues to develop its homeless policies and figure out how to fix a troubled Community, Housing and Human Services (CHHS) department, that delay could have consequences.
"We're trying to set up an exit interview with Cupid," Kinnear says. "That'll be public."
Kinnear says Alexander has already agreed to doing the public exit interview.
Since, thus far Alexander hasn't provided a full interview to any local media outlets, his comments could be revelatory. But Kinnear says that the focus isn't going to about his clash with Perkins, but about his views on the city's approach to homelessness and what could be improved about the Community, Housing and Human Services department.
That's particularly vital in this moment of homelessness and housing crisis, says City Council President Breean Beggs.
"We're in crisis. We had someone who everyone agrees has very good subject-matter expertise," Beggs says. "We're trying to get as much information out of him as we can from his expertise... It's not going to be about the mayor and the city administrator."
With the city administration declining to make CHHS staff available to answer questions in some instances, Beggs suggests that this may be a better way to get answers.
Kinnear says that Alexander will get the questions in writing ahead of time.
"If there's something he's uncomfortable answering, he doesn't have to," Kinnear says.
"He's got a new job now," Kinnear says. "I want to get him before he gets too busy."
Starting next month, Alexander will take a new role overseeing programs related to "inclusive planning and displacement prevention initiatives" in the city of Austin, Texas's, Housing and Planning Department.
The council has made a similar offer for a public exit interview to Amber Richards, the Human Resources director who officially resigned last week.
As for the investigation into Alexander's accusations against Perkins, Councilmembers Kinnear, Karen Stratton, and Betsy Wilkerson sent a letter last month to the mayor, urging her to ensure the investigation was truly independent and that everything be released when the investigation concludes, including transcripts of the investigator's interviews.
And instead of suggesting that discussing the content of the ongoing investigation would compromise its integrity, the councilmembers argued that they had a public duty to talk about it.