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

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. 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.

Jan. 30, 2015

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 12th Man Flag Raising

Although Jermaine Kearse was 1,000 miles away preparing for the biggest showcase in professional sports, that didn’t stop him from relaying a direct message to his hometown of Lakewood.

On Friday, Jan. 3, during one of hundreds of Blue Friday celebrations taking place throughout Western Washington for the Seattle Seahawks, the City of Lakewood ceremoniously raised its 12th Man Flag in front of City Hall, led by Mayor Don Anderson.

The day was also a chance for the 100 or so people who attended to celebrate Kearse, the Lakes High graduate and Seahawk whose overtime touchdown catch in the NFC Championship punched Seattle’s ticket to Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots. Throughout the crowd, people held up large signs bearing the Sports Illustrated   cover that featured Kearse’s now-iconic catch. Others wore his jersey. Find out what Kearse said  .

Feb. 6, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

State Auditor’s Office Recognizes Lakewood’s Steps to Improve Finances

Six months ago, the City of Lakewood was one of 57 local governments that the Washington State Auditor’s Office determined were showing signs of declining financial condition. What a difference good leadership and a commitment to prudent fiscal management can make. This week, the Auditor’s Office published a case study   that focuses on the City of Lakewood’s immediate and positive steps to improve its financial standing titled “Becoming fiscally fit – The City of Lakewood makes a bold commitment  .”

You can get the full story here: http://goo.gl/9n2vX6 

You can also read The News Tribune's story on the case study: http://goo.gl/8nDkby   

Jan. 23, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Army Listening Session

Although some 500 people packed the standing room-only Army listening session on Jan. 21 in Lakewood, a clear, unified message emerged from the Sharon McGavick Center. A proposed reduction of 11,000 soldiers and civilian jobs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord would hurt the region in more ways than one.

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson told Army leaders in attendance that a drawdown at JBLM would "be bad for soldiers, our Army and national defense." Anderson added that not only are soldiers integral parts of the local economy, but the identities of the base's neighboring communities, especially the host community of Lakewood, are rooted in the military. "You don’t have to shake a family tree very hard to have a veteran fall out," he said.

For more on the listening session: http://goo.gl/i0uf96

To see our album: http://goo.gl/AfyWzX