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


March 6, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar to Retire

After nearly three decades of serving and protecting the Lakewood community, Police Chief Bret Farrar has announced that he will retire in April. One of the most recognizable faces and personalities in the community, Chief Farrar will end his law enforcement career where it started. He began as a Patrol Deputy in Lakewood for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in 1988, before the City’s incorporation. He rose through the ranks, elevating from Patrol Deputy to Detective, then Detective Sergeant to Lieutenant. In 2006, two years after Lakewood officially formed its own department, Chief Farrar was promoted to Assistant Chief. In February 2008, he was appointed Chief of the Lakewood Police Department. Under Chief Farrar’s leadership, crime has fallen across the board in Lakewood. Both tangibly and intangibly, Lakewood has become a safer community because of its police department and its leadership.

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Lakewood City Manager Appoints Mike Zaro as Interim Police Chief

Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield has announced the appointment of Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro as Interim Police Chief effective April 7, 2015. The appointment follows the announcement from Police Chief Bret Farrar that he is retiring after 27 years in law enforcement, the last six years as Police Chief of the Lakewood Police Department. Zaro, who has more than 20 years in law enforcement, has been with the Lakewood Police Department since its inception in 2004. He has served as Lakewood's Assistant Chief since 2008.

"Mike Zaro has served as the City’s Assistant Police Chief since 2008 and is the ideal person to lead the police department during the upcoming transition," Caulfield said. "His background and command experience make him well-qualified to serve in the interim police chief role." Caulfield added about Zaro: "I appreciate his willingness to take on this task. I look forward to working with Assistant Chied Zaro to continue providing high quality public safety services to our City." Caulfield said the City will begin a search for a permanent police chief in the coming weeks.

Innovation Award at the Walkable Washington Symposium

Last week we shared that the Lakewood Station Connection Project is going to be recognized at Feet First's Walkable Washington Symposium for its contribution in making Lakewood a safer, easier and more inviting place for people to walk. Over the weekend, we learned the Lakewood Station Connection is also going to receive the symposium's Innovation Award, one of three projects in the state to win this prestigious award!

Let's give a big hand to the City of Lakewood's Public Works Department and everyone who worked on the Lakewood Station!

For more on the Walkable Washington Symposium:  

Coffee with the Mayor

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on March 10, 2015 at 7:30 am. We will meet at the St. Clare Hospital Resource Center, 4908 112th Street SW. Our guest speaker will be Mary Dodsworth, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director who will discuss "Fort Steilacoom Park- What's Next?" If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705 or   .  I hope to see you there!

Leave Your Old Flame Behind—Get Paid to Recycle Your Old Wood Stove

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has received limited grant funding and is offering up to $350 to Pierce County residents who recycle old, but working wood stoves. Previously, this incentive had only been available to residents living within Pierce County's designated Smoke Reduction Zone. Now this opportunity applies to any resident of the greater Pierce County area. However, the offer is limited to the first 100 qualified applicants who live outside the Smoke Reduction Zone. Applicants must include a photo of their old wood stove or insert.

Eligible devices include wood stoves and fireplace inserts. They must be in working order but can be installed or un-installed, and be of any age.

Indoor barrel stoves and trash burners are not eligible for the reward.

To see if you qualify and for more information, visit their website   .

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Responds to Hazardous Material Incident in Lakewood

Just before 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, West Pierce firefighters had a citizen walk into the station to report an odor coming from his home at the 8600 block of Moreland Ave SW.  The man described coming home and finding both his cat and his bird dead and a strange odor coming from the house. Specialized equipment monitored the air inside the structure and found traces of a hazardous material.  At this point the Pierce County Hazardous Incident Team was called, along with the Hazardous Materials Team from Joint Base Lewis McChord, the 10th Civil Support Team from Camp Murray and the Department of Ecology. This incident included Hazardous Materials Technicians from West Pierce, Gig Harbor, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue and Graham Fire & Rescue.

The initial investigation identified a carpet cleaner as the likely cause of the incident, but Pierce County Health Department ruled the investigation as inconclusive.

The News Tribune’s latest article on the incident:

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

On Tuesday, March 3, City of Lakewood Recreation Coordinator Dennis Higashiyama, Management Analyst/Assistant to the City Manager Adam Lincoln and Lakewood Police Officer Jeremy Prater spoke to Park Lodge Elementary students about the importance of reading as part of Read Across America.

They talked about how reading is part of their day-to-day duties, as well as why the students should make it a priority from an early start.


Parks and Recreation

13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sautrday, March 14
  • WHERE: Lakes High School, 10320 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood
  • COST: Preregistration $35 per couple, $10 per additional daughter; At the door $45 per couple, $15 per additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Visit   or call (253) 983-7887

For more information:

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, March 9

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Oil Painting for Fun, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 12:30 pm.-3:30 p.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Men’s Coffee Hour, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Welcome Wednesday and Dessert of the Month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Thursday, March 12

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Friday, March 13

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • SAIL Class (Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

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Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 9, 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:

  • Review of 5-Year and FY 2015 Consolidated Annual Action Plan & funding recommendations
  • Review of 2015 SSMCP Work Plan
  • Review of Motor Avenue concepts
  • Review of banking services agreement

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 16, 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:

  • Proclamation declaring March 1 – April 24, 2015 as Pierce County READS – Ms. Kim Archer, Lakewood Branch Manager, Pierce County Library System
  • Set April 20, 2015 as Public hearing on 5-Year and FY 2015 Consolidated Action Plan (CDBG & HOME)
  • Adopt RTA amendments
  • Designating the City’s official bank and approving banking services agreement
  • Bid award for Bridgeport Way entryway