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

March 13, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood YMCA Playground Build Day March 21

The Lakewood Family YMCA is looking for volunteers to help build its new community playground from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 21. This is a community led playground project to provide the children of Lakewood a safe place to play. No skills are required, just your heart and hardworking hands to move materials, assemble the play equipment, construct lumber projects, and painting. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. Childcare (for ages 6 months to 12 years) and meals provided.

Register at meetup.com/we-are-lakewood  . For more information contact Tauna Shoemaker at (253) 460-8933 or

March 6, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

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.

For the full story: http://goo.gl/S9cWL9  

Feb. 20, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Leaders Tour the Lancer Brigade

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Col. Louis Zeisman with 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division welcomed Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caulfield to its headquarters to discuss leadership. The City of Lakewood’s Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord lives by a unit motto: “Seize the High Ground.” In terms of leadership, as Col. Zeisman explains, that involves many things. For example, understanding how soldiers, particularly newly minted soldiers, have a different perspective than previous generations. The Army tries to recognize that. After the leadership discussion, City leaders observed how the Lancer Brigade is conducting its Expert Infantryman Badge testing. An EIB is quite the honor for an infantryman, as it tests your physical abilities, knowledge and attention to detail. More images to come regarding the EIB testing.

Check out our album of the tour here: http://goo.gl/fqnT8n  

Feb. 27, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Station at the Walkable Washington Symposium

The Feet First Walkable Washington Program – which recognizes and supports communities creating “walkable places” throughout the state – will recognize the Lakewood Station Connection Project at its annual symposium and awards ceremony April 2 in Redmond. The program will showcase the Lakewood Station Connection as an example of the projects from cities, counties, school districts and community organizations that are intended to make Washington a safer, easier and more inviting place for people to walk. The Lakewood Station Connection Project includes a pedestrian bridge across the Sound Transit railroad tracks, as well as connecting the Lakewood Sounder Station to the residential and employment area of Kendrick Street immediately to the north. Street improvements include sidewalks, bicycle facilities, street lights, and street trees installed along Kendrick approximately 900 feet from the pedestrian bridge north to 111th Street Southwest.

For more information: http://goo.gl/0ydRHW  

Feb. 13, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Nisqually Tribe Grants $55,000 to City Programs

The City of Lakewood is again the recipient of the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s generosity. On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Nisqually Tribe held its annual giving banquet, in which it grants money to agencies and organizations that benefit the region. That includes the City of Lakewood, which received a total of $55,000 that will benefit the following City programs:

  • Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event ($5,000)
  • Bridgeport Gateway Sign ($10,000)
  •  Low-Income Home Repairs ($10,000)
  • Police Explore Program ($5,000)
  • Police Mental Health Counselor ($25,000)

Following Thursday’s banquet, Mary Dodsworth, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director, talked about how appreciative she was for the funding that will help bring vital programs to the Lakewood community.

“We are very thankful for the generosity and support of the Tribe,” she said.