City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/13

January 13, 2006


To:       Mayor and Members of the Council

From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • EDB: The city manager was nominated this week by the executive committee of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County for appointment to another position on the board of directors, subject to full board approval at their next meeting.
  • New Prosecution Process: Beginning February 1st, the LPD will be referring all Motor Vehicle Thefts, Possession of Stolen Property cases, and Theft/Shoplift cases (under $1500) to the legal department for prosecution in municipal court and sentencing of those convicted to Wapato Jail in Yakima County: The County Prosecutor is aware that these cases will be referred to Lakewood Municipal Court through general reports and that these suspects will be booked in to the Pierce County Jail on misdemeanor level offenses to avoid confusion and double charging issues.  The intent is to improve the likelihood of certain, swift punishment for property offenses.  Case backlogs for County prosecutors and Superior Court and Compliance release in County Jail have prevented conviction and incarceration of many property crime offenders in the past.
  • LESA Board. Lakewood resident (and former councilmember) John Simmons is continuing as an appointed at-large citizen member of the LESA (Law Enforcement Support Agency) executive board.  We are still working with the county executive and Tacoma mayor to have a more permanent Lakewood representative on the board.
  • Winter Explorers Academy: Officers Ken Henson, Cherilyn Gumm, and Scott Young took 9 explorers for a week to Yakima to attend the Winter Explorer Academy. Explorers Tiffany Byers, Jessica Lowrance, and John Kinsley were chosen to be Platoon Leaders above a hundred other Explorers. Explorer Jessica Lowrance also received an award for Third Best Explorer Overall at the Academy and Explorer Tiffany Byers was chosen from the Basic Academy to speak at the graduation ceremonies. We are proud of the way the Explorer program has been developing. Credit goes to the Officers involved who have provided hundreds of hours as Advisors to the Post.
  • Raising the Bar Training: Officer Austin Lee and Jackie Eliason from the Liquor Control Board conducted Raising the Bar Training at Chips Casino on January 7th. 18 employees from the business attended and learned the RTB Protocol and Best Practices. The training was a great success with employees thanking the two for taking the time to provide them with this critical training.