John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253)
City Manager


Jan. 22, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood City Council Proclamation in Memory of (Ret.) Police Chief Larry Saunders

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Lakewood City Council presented a proclamation to the family of Larry Saunders, the City’s first Police Chief who passed away earlier this month.

The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and City Council members all took turns reading the proclamation in memory of Larry’s years of service and his dedication to his family and community. Larry’s wife, Sally Saunders and his daughter Megan Saunders were both present to receive the proclamation.

Larry Saunders settled in Lakewood after serving nearly three decades in the military and began protecting his adopted community in October 1998 as a member of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. In 2004, the City of Lakewood formed its own police department, and Saunders was appointed as Lakewood’s first Police Chief.

Saunders’ tenure as Police Chief reflected his characteristic energy and enthusiasm – in standing up a department of nearly 100 officers in a matter of months, Saunders personally interviewed all applicants while tending to the other business of the department.

Saunders also introduced numerous programs that resulted in immediate reductions in crime that served as the foundation for safety in the City of Lakewood today. The Lakewood Police Department was recognized for its professionalism, neighborhood and minority outreach, community policing initiatives and traffic safety programs. He was named Washington Police Chief of the Year in 2005.

Saunders retired from the Lakewood Police Department in 2008. He rejoined the Army and spent more than a year in Iraq overseeing its police training program. When he returned to Lakewood, he served tirelessly to improve the community, including as a member of the Lakewood First Lions and Rotary Club of Lakewood, Boardmember of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound and as a staunch supporter of RallyPoint/6.

Saunders will be remembered for his commitment to the community he loved.

13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Lakewood came together to celebrate the legacy of one of our society’s most transformative figures and civil rights leaders, as well as the voices, backgrounds and stories of the people that make our community strong.

The 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration was held on Saturday, January 16th at the Sharon McGavick Center at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.

The theme of this year’s event: “Legacy of the Dream: How Far Have We Come!”

Mayor Don Anderson delivered the welcoming remarks, and the featured speaker was Dr. Lonnie Howard, President of Clover Park Technical College.

The celebration featured several cultural performances and exhibits, and the winners of the Clover Park School District MLK essay contest were Marcos Vieyra, a Junior at Harrison Prep and Riley Guerrero a Junior at Lakes High School.

City of Lakewood Passes Resolution in Support of CPSD Levy

At its Jan. 19 meeting , the Lakewood City Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the Clover Park School District’s Feb. 9, 2016 Special Replacement Levy.

Superintendent Debbie LeBeau discussed the importance of passing the levy and several of the Clover Park School District board members were in attendance. Also in attendance was the chairman of the Levy Committee, Mr. James Guerrero who spoke in favor of the City supporting the District’s levy.

The Clover Park School District Board of Directors is proposing a four-year educational programs and operations levy in a special election on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

This levy will replace the District’s current educational programs and operations levy, which expires in December 2016. This is not a new tax. If approved by voters, it is estimated that the levy rate would be no more than $4.76 per $1,000 of assessed property value. If approved, the replacement levy will generate $23.5 million for each of four years, 2017-2020.

The replacement levy will fund a broad array of investments, functions and programs critical to maintaining a high level of education:

  • Eighty percent (80%) of the levy funds will be used to support classrooms including maintaining reduced class sizes, purchase of textbooks and classroom instructional materials, purchase of library materials and librarians, elementary and career guidance counselors, educational program improvements (gifted, special education and assessments) districtwide teaching and learning activities (including training), and after-school, extended learning programs.

  • Ten percent (10 %) of the levy funds will be used to support school technology including classroom computer stations, instructional software, upgraded wiring and Internet access costs.

  • Five percent (5%) of the levy funds will be used for school maintenance and operations including building maintenance (painting, roofing, flooring and lighting), custodians, grounds maintenance (athletic fields and school landscaping), classroom furniture, fixtures and equipment.

  • Five percent (5%) of the levy funds will support school safety and security including school resources officers (police), campus supervisors, increased health room support, emergency management preparation, and facility alarm monitoring systems.

City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 25, 2016, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

January 25, 2016 Study Session

  • Parks CIP Progress Report

  • Review of cottage housing (Ordinance No. 620)

  • Review of Chapter 12A.9 street classification code amendment

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, February 1, 2016, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

February 1, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report

  • Clover Park School District Report

  • Proclamation proclaiming February 1-6, 2016 as Toastmasters International Week – Mr. Dennis Baker and Ms. Karen Devereaux, Lakewood Toastmasters Club

  • Police Chief’s commendation to Army Spc. Jonah Atkinson and Spc. Labeisha Ingram for assisting the victim of a shooting on 11/05/15.

  • Special Events update.

  • Bid award Bridgeport Way (JBLM to I-5)

  • Bid award Citywide Outfall Water Quality Retrofit project

  • Appoint member to Public Safety Advisory Committee

  • Approve intergovernmental agreement with Town of Steilacoom for animal control services.

  • Ordinance No. 620 (cottage housing) from the 10/5/15 Council meeting.

  • City Manager Report – 4th Quarter Police Report