John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253) 589-3774JCaulfield@cityoflakewood.us
City Manager

Jan. 22, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

"Doing Business With JBLM" Event

On Friday, Jan. 29, the City of Lakewood and Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center hosted an event for businesses and contractors looking to learn more about working with our local military base.

The event,  titled "Doing Business With Joint Base Lewis-McChord," drew nearly 200 people who came from throughout Washington - some as far as Spokane - to the Sharon McGavick Center at Clover Park Technical College. Mayor Don Anderson delivered the opening remarks, and Roel van der Lugt, Director of Military Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor, also attended the event.

Attendees learned the ins and outs and "tricks of the trade" to secure part of the more than $400 million in contracting awarded annually with JBLM. The event was extremely well-received, according to Economic Development Manager Becky Newton.

"It's great," she said. "Businesses got a great opportunity to learn about government contracting and diversify their income streams."

Jan. 22, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

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.

Jan. 8, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City to Fly Flags at Half-Staff To Honor Retired Police Chief Larry Saunders

Lakewood City Manager John Caulfied has ordered all City Flags to be flown at half-staff to pay tribute to the passing of retired Police Chief Larry Saunders, as well as honor his role as a prominent citizen of the Lakewood community.

The time period will be Thursday, January 7, 2016 through Sunday, January 10, 2016. 

Lakewood residents, businesses, schools and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.

When flown at half-staff, the US flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

The City of Lakewood issued the following statement regarding Saunders' passing on Jan. 7, 2016:

Jan. 15, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Memorial for (Ret.) Police Chief Larry Saunders

On Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, some 600 people filled the Lewis North Chapel on Joint Base Lewis-McChord to remember Army Col. and Lakwood Police Chief Larry Saunders, who passed away earlier this month.

Family, friends and colleagues spoke to Saunders' leadership, whether in an Army or Lakewood Police Department uniform.

Former Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz was the MC for the event, which saw reprsentatives from several neighboring communities paying their respect to Saunders,who was a loving husband, father and grandfather, as well as a tireless advocate of improving Lakewood.

All members of the Lakewood City Council, as well as City Manager John Caulfied, Police Chief Mike Zaro and current City employees who knew Saunders attended the ceremony.

"Lakewood today is a better place thanks to Larry Saunders," Neiditz said. "Lakewood today is a safer place thanks to Larry Saunders."

The City of Lakewood extends its condolences and support to the family of Larry Saunders, the City's first Police Chief.

Dec. 31, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Coming Jan. 1: MyLakewood311 Mobile App

On Jan. 1, 2016, the City of Lakewood will launch its official mobile app: MyLakewood311.

MyLakewood311 will serve as the official platform for residents to access their government via cell phone or tablet.

The mobile app builds on the City of Lakewood’s recently revamped website and award-winning social media presence, and it’s part of an overall effort by the City to stay connected to residents. In fact, one of the Lakewood City Council’s goals is a commitment to “honest, open, and transparent government.”

With the “MyLakewood311” app, residents can submit, track and view nearby service requests through their smartphones and online. Residents can also use the in-app widgets to find 
information about events, public meetings and view City news.

Once requests are submitted, the relevant staff redirects and responds to requests through a customized workflow management system.

The City will also use the system to provide residents with real-time status updates and comments on submitted requests.

“MyLakewood311” is an application launched in partnership between the City of Lakewood and PublicStuff. This is a free service and will be available in the Apple App Store and Google Play for immediate use. Search “MyLakewood311” in the stores to download.