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


Dec. 26, 2014


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Police Mascot Gets Name: Sergeant LEO Huggs

We have a winner! Well, two actually... Earlier this month, the Lakewood Police Department solicited names for its new mascot with the minds behind the chosen name getting lunch on the Chief. The winning entry: Sergeant LEO Huggs. According to the department's Facebook page  , it was difficult to select one name, so the winning entry is a combination of two submissions, one from Kristin Goodman Paynter's daughter Anna and the other from Chana Mercado. Great job by Anna and Chana, as well as everyone else who entered! And, of course, the City would like to officially welcome Sgt. Huggs to the #IamLakewood family.

Video: Lakewood Officer’s Charity “Shop with an Officer”

On Dec. 21, 2014, the Lakewood Officers' Charity of the Lakewood Police Department held its annual "Shop with an Officer" event. The day involved the officers taking children and youth from 21 area families in need this holiday season to the Lakewood Wal-Mart, where they chose gifts - many of them basic-but-much-needed supplies - for their families. In all, the Lakewood Officers' Charity and the area Wal-Mart raised more than $8,000 for the families in need. This is just one of the many ways throughout the year that the Charity goes beyond its duty to protect and serve.

For more information or to donate, visit the Lakewood Officers' Charity at  .

You can also check this YouTube video  of the day's festivities. #IamLakewood

Lakewood Man Receives French Honor for WWII Service

A Lakewood combat veteran was recently honored with one of France’s highest distinctions – an honor that has been decades in the making. Floyd Exeter, 91, fought in World War II and was honored 70 years ago for distinguishing himself in combat. Positioned behind a machine gun during the Battle of the Bulge, he survived a bullet to the helmet and continued to fight valiantly. Exeter was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions that day. The French gave him the Croix de Guerre for a “distinguished act of heroism.”

You can see King 5’s video of the ceremony here:

To learn more, check out the News Tribune’s story here:

Remember to Treecycle This Year

When you take that mountain of wrapping paper and gift boxes out to the recycle bin, don’t forget the Christmas tree. What, you didn’t think you could recycle a tree? That’s right. Lakewood Refuse customers who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed of as garbage.

For more information:

City Offices Closed New Year's Day

In observance of the New Year's holiday, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station closed at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 31, and all day Thursday, Jan. 1.

The City would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year!

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 5, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation recognizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History month
  • Proclamation recognizing Tracy Fortune, WA State Arts Educator of the Year
  • Proclamation on National Mentoring Month
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Endorsing Pierce Transit to join the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust
  • Approve a consulting services agreement for design of South Tacoma Way improvements from 88th to Steilacoom Boulevard
  • Briefing by the City Manager
  • Review of 2015 Council liaisons to citizens advisory boards and committees and external committees
  • Review agreements with WA Department of Enterprise Services for LED streetlights conversion
  • Review an amendment to the agreement with WA Department of Commerce for LED streetlights conversions
  • 2015 Council Retreat