City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 1/16/09

January 16, 2009
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Martin Luther King Celebration to be held on Saturday: The Sixth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration has been set for Saturday, January 17, 2009. The multi-ethnic celebration will be held at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College from 10 am to noon. All Lakewood citizens are encouraged to attend.
  • AWC Affiliate Groups meet on legislative coordination: The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) convened a meeting this week in Olympia to coordinate legislative liaison efforts by a number of affiliate associations. The city manager attended as an officer of the city managers association (WCMA) and the parks director Mary Dodsworth attended as an officer of the state recreation and parks association (WRPA). Other participating associations represented sheriffs and police chiefs, fire chiefs, building officials, municipal clerks, municipal attorneys, emergency management, and finance officers.
  • Meeting with County Executive: The city manager met this week with the new Pierce County Executive, Pat McCarthy, to discuss a number of matters of mutual interest to the City and the County, and to set up a further discussion between officials from both entities on legislative issues.
  • Police Chief is speaker at Lakewood United: Chief Farrar was the guest speaker at Lakewood United on January 15th and presented information on the current priorities of the Police Department.
  • Lakewood's Judge selected as Rotarian of the Quarter: The Clover Park Rotary Club recently selected Municipal Court Judge Ernest Heller as Rotarian of the Quarter. Judge Heller goes the extra mile in supporting the Club's community improvement efforts, which include the main project of support to Southgate Elementary School's children and their families. Rotary's Southgate project includes a mentorship program, a recreational area improvement project, winter coats for kids drive, and the distribution of holiday food baskets to students' families. Judge Heller has been Lakewood's Judge for the past eight years, and a Lakewood resident for the past 30 years. He is also very active as an actor with the Lakewood Community Theater.
  • Court Compliance Officer outscores classmates at Corrections Officer Academy: Lakewood's Court Compliance Officer Cameron Hines obtained the second highest score overall in his class at the State Criminal Justice Training Center's Corrections Officer Academy.
  • LPD Officer attends Training Conference on Child Abuse Protocols: SGT Thom Stewart participated in a training conference last week that focused on the implementation of the child abuse protocols. It was one of four training classes that are bringing representatives from all over the state to focus on county-wide protocols, as required by state law. Lakewood Police Department is on the multi-disciplinary team for Pierce County and will be involved in training various partners during the coming year.