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


May 2, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Former Lakewood City Councilmember Larry Humphrey

The City of Lakewood lost one of its early leaders in April with the passing of former Lakewood City Councilmember Larry Humphrey.

Humphrey began serving as a Lakewood City Councilmember on Jan. 1, 1998, and his tenure continued to the end of 2003.

He was known for his exemplary dedication to the best interests of the Lakewood community, particularly with his interest in public transit and economic development. Humphrey was a successful businessman himself. He also served on countless community boards and groups, including the Lakewood Historical Society.

“The community of Lakewood is a better place because of Larry Humphrey,” Mayor Don Andision, along with fellow City Council members, helped shape the direction of Lakewood even after he left office, and it will continue to do so for years to come. Lakewood would not be where it is today were it not for the efforts and dedication of Councilmember Humphrey.”

Humphrey was first elected to a two-year term on the Lakewood City Council, Position 7 in 1997, then ran unopposed in 1999 for a four-year term.

Former Lakewood Mayor Douglas Richardson - now a member of the Pierce County Council - sat next to Humphrey throughout his tenure on the dais.

"Truly a gentleman," Richardson said when asked to describe his former dais-mate. "He had an unbelievable demeanor. I don't know if I ever saw Larry agitated. Never heard him speak an ill word about anyone. He truly cared for his community."

Added Mayor Anderson: “The City of Lakewood would like to express its sincerest condolences to the Humphrey family, and we thank them for everything they and Councilmember Humphrey have done for our community."

To read The News Tribune’s article on former Lakewood City Councilmember Larry Humphries’ passing, visit  .

Claudia Thomas, Andie Gernon Recognition

The City of Lakewood will celebrate Mother’s Day early by recognizing two of Lakewood’s founding mothers: former Mayor Claudia Thomas and former City Councilmember Andie Gernon.

On May 5, at 7 p.m., the Lakewood City Council will present the two former City Councilmembers with a proclamation to honor their amazing work and dedication to our community.

These two women have been the driving force behind placing the needs of children and families at the top of the City’s agenda even prior to incorporation in 1996. Their collective accomplishments include:

  • Serving as leaders on the City Council
  • Orchestrating the development of the City’s funding for human services
  • Establishing Lakewood’s Promise (Winning America’s Promise 100 Best Communities For Young People six times)
  • Co-chairing Lakewood’s Community Collaboration.

It is with a great debt of gratitude the City of Lakewood collectively says “Thank You” to Claudia Thomas and Andie Gernon.

The Lakewood City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, May 5 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.

Procession For Captain Douglas D. Ferguson

A military hero whose ultimate fate was uncertain for more than 44 years is finally came home to rest.

Air Force Captain Douglas D. Ferguson, a Tacoma native, went to his final resting place Friday, May 2nd, at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Lakewood.

The Vietnam War hero’s homecoming included vehicle processions Thursday and Friday through Lakewood and included Lakewood Police Department and West Pierce Fire and Rescue.

Ferguson graduated from Tacoma’s Wilson High School in 1963 and from the United States Air Force Academy in 1967. He flew with the 555thTactical Fighter Squadron out of Thailand.

During the war, after carrying out three successful bombing missions over a heavily fortified region, his F-4D Phantom II aircraft was shot down over Houaphan Province, Laos. He was 24 years old at the time and was a first lieutenant.

A reconnaissance mission was conducted the day after his plane went down. Searchers spotted in the trees what appeared to be a pair of parachutes that had been deployed. Still, they couldn’t conduct a ground search because the area was heavily defended. Ferguson and another airman were declared Missing-In-Action, a designation that left his family, friends and the military without answers for some four decades.

Parks Appreciation Day

The City of Lakewood Parks Department hosted multiple Park Appreciation Day projects at park sites in April.

Three-hundred seventy-five volunteers donated a combined 1,231 hours of time/labor to complete projects at four park sites: Fort Steilacoom Park, American Lake Park, Wards Lake Park and Oakbrook Park.

All of the projects designed for Parks Appreciation Day were completed and included: Playground renovation; spreading trail and playground chips; pulling weeds; planting flowers; painting; removing scotchbroom; cleaning out swimming area/beach; placing markers in the historic FSP cemetery; cleaning in the dog park and general park maintenance.

Of special note is the group of volunteers representing the Rotary Club of Lakewood who renovated the Fort Steilacoom Park Castle Playground in the week leading up to Park Appreciation Day. Twenty-nine volunteers worked long hours over three days to freshen and restore the playground. Their club project was an important component of the Park Appreciation Day/Week event.

Many other individual families and large groups of volunteers participated in the 2014 PAD event and their support was greatly appreciated.

  • Starbucks
  • Full-Tilt Riders
  • Imperial Riders
  • Little Church on the Prairie
  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts
  • Young Lif
  • Graves Concern
  • Rotary Club of Lakewood
  • Kiwanis Club of Clover Park
  • Friends of the Park and Nature
  • Lakewood Boys & Girls Club
  • Harrison Preparatory School
  • Students from Clover Park Schools
  • Students/Staff Pierce College–Fort Steilacoom campus
  • Representatives from the Lake City/Lakewood/Steilacoom Wards and the Lakewood Washington Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The volunteers appreciated the coffee and water generously donated by Starbucks !

Here is a summary:

  • Volunteers = 375
  • Hours Donated = 1231
  • Play chips spread at Oakbrook Park = 30 yards
  • Trail Chips spread at Wards Lake Park = 40 yards
  • Debris and vegetation removed = 40 yards
  • Parks & Recreation


K9's Get Protective Vests

A pair of Lakewood Police Department K9's are getting a little extra protection thanks to a Massachusetts-based nonprofit.

Lakewood K9’s “Ranger” and “Koda” recently received bullet and stab protective vests. Vested Interest in K9’s Inc., a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization paid for the vests by spearheading an online fundraising effort called "Crowdrise" that raised more than $6,300 in just weeks.

The K9's that benefitted from Vested Interest include Koda and Ranger; Kato and Ghost from Kent; and Gunner and Ayk from the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office.

Vested Interest in K9’s Inc. is a 501c (3), all-volunteer charity located in East Taunton, Mass., whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950 and has a 5-year warranty. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9’s Inc. has provided more than 930 law enforcement dogs with protective vests since their inception in August of 2009. More than $880,000 in K9 vests have been donated in 39 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

The organization orders the Armor Express vests made in Central Lakes, Mich., exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, Mass. who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.

Parks and Recreation


Parks and recreation toured Joint Base Lewis-McChord this week and met with counterparts who perform similar duties on base. The department toured facilities and learned how JBLM operates and maintains neighborhood park sites, outdoor recreation programs and areas, community centers, camp grounds, fitness centers, pools and waterfront beach areas. New contacts and relationships were made. Both departments are planning to join forces next year and bring back the triple threat triathlon series.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be touring Camp Murray on Saturday, May 3, 2014, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Building 20, Emergency Operations Center, Camp Murray. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Tour of Camp Murray

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, May 5, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation recognizing Claudia Thomas and Andie Gernon
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation Public Works week
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to the Redevelopment Advisory Board
  • Appoint members to the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board
  • Appoint a member to the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Adopt imprest funds code amendments
  • Adopt 2013-2014 budget amendments.
  • Adopt Title 12 Public Works code amendments
  • Adopt sewer availability code amendments
  • Approval of FY 2014 Consolidated Plan (CDBG & HOME) funding recommendations
  • Adopt 3-Yr HOME Consortium agreement with City of Tacoma

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, May 12, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of City Council Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Review of proposed Lodging Tax Advisory Committee’s lodging tax guidelines
  • Review of Section 108 Curbside Motors loan agreement.

The City Council will be holding a City Council Retreat on Saturday, May 10, 2014, beginning at 8:00 a.m., in Executive Conference Room 3A, located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of City Council goals and priorities.
  • Citizens’ Advisory Boards and Committees Council Subcommittee Update