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

Feb. 12, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City of Lakewood 20th Anniversary Celebration

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s 20th Anniversary Celebration: “Celebrating Excellence – Past, Present & Future”
  • WHEN: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
  • WHERE: City Council Chambers, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St.
  • WHAT ELSE: Everyone(media included) is invited to the City’s free 20-year celebration

The City of Lakewood invites the entire community to its official 20th Anniversary Celebration: “Celebrating Excellence – Past, Present & Future” on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Lakewood City Hall.

Twenty years ago, just a few months after voters approved Lakewood’s incorporation, the City opened its doors for business. Two amazing and successful decades later, Lakewood’s progress is visible throughout the community, from its new streets and sidewalks to its police and neighborhoods to its famous parks and lakes.

The Feb. 23 event – which is hosted by the City and the Lakewood Historical Society - is a chance to celebrate how far the community has come, as well as its limitless future.

The event will feature:

Feb. 3, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City of Lakewood 20th Anniversary Celebration

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s 20th Anniversary Celebration: “Celebrating Excellence – Past, Present & Future”
  • WHEN: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
  • WHERE: City Council Chambers, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St.
  • WHAT ELSE: Everyone(media included) is invited to the City’s free 20-year celebration

The City of Lakewood invites the entire community to its official 20th Anniversary Celebration: “Celebrating Excellence – Past, Present & Future” on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Lakewood City Hall.

Twenty years ago, just a few months after voters approved Lakewood’s incorporation, the City opened its doors for business. Two amazing and successful decades later, Lakewood’s progress is visible throughout the community, from its new streets and sidewalks to its police and neighborhoods to its famous parks and lakes.

The Feb. 23 event – which is hosted by the City and the Lakewood Historical Society - is a chance to celebrate how far the community has come, as well as its limitless future.

The event will feature:

  • Several notable individuals from the City’s history, including elected officials, employees, volunteers and community supporters
  • Displays, pictures and slideshows that tell Lakewood’s story
  • Performances by the Lakes High School Studio Choir
  • Trivia related to the City of Lakewood’s past, as well as prizes
  • Refreshments and memorabilia
  • The event is just one of several ways Lakewood is celebrating its 20th birthday throughout 2016. Stay tuned for other announcements.

For more information, contact Communications Manager Brent Champaco at (253) 983-7761.

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. 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. 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.