Summer 2012
110514EVCSEARLINGD 31-2In 2006 under the leadership of Mayor Haakenson the city began publishing a quarterly newsletter that was mailed to interested households. As budgets got tighter, the mailed version was eliminated and an email link to the newsletter was sent to around 400 email addresses. Then, in the Fall of 2010, the newsletter was discontinued.

To reconnect with the community and encourage more two-way communication, I decided to re-start the quarterly newsletter once again. Carolyn LaFave, my Executive Assistant has co-ordinated the project along with Carl Nelson, our IT Manager. There are two big changes with this newsletter; first, the newsletter is web-based, and second, instead of 400 e-mail addresses, we now have over 11,000 addresses we will be mailing to! The greatly expanded address list comes from the extensive outreach we have accomplished in the Strategic Planning process our community has participated in over the past two years, led by Stephen Clifton.

In the newsletter you will find information from virtually all departments in the city. As with our finance op-eds which were in the media over the past four months, we want you to be aware of the various news, programs, new initiatives, successes, and challenges inside City Hall. Please take the time to give it a read!

Most of all, I hope you like the new look and content of the new newsletter. If you want to decline the newsletter, let us know. On the other hand, if you enjoy the newsletter, tell your friends and neighbors who may not be be on our list and have them contact us. We want to continue growing our contact with the community.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Dave Earling
EPD Centennial

The Edmonds Historical Museum presents its much-anticipated exhibit, "Stick ‘Em Up! Celebrating 100 years of the Edmonds Police Department,” July 28-Nov. 4, 2012.

The Edmonds Police Department was officially created by ordinance on Oct. 16, 1912.  Dogs, drunkenness, gambling and general nuisances were the order of the day.  At that time, an ununiformed and often unarmed town marshal kept the peace, and night watchmen and special police were hired to help as needed.  The police department was located on the lower floor of the Carnegie Library/City Hall building, along with council chambers and other city offices.  In the early 1920s, the first jail cell was installed in the building's basement coal bin, with many characters sharing the space over the years.  Grafitti can still be seen on the walls today. The police department and jail cells were located in this building until 1962, when the new civic center was completed. 

Today, the Edmonds Police Department is nationally accredited, with more than 50 commissioned officers and 11 civilian staff members.  The department’s centennial celebration kicks off with the exhibit grand opening at the Edmonds Historical Museum July 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
by Rob Chave, Acting Development Services Director
The City of Edmonds was presented an Association of Washington Cities (AWC) 2012 Municipal Excellence Award during this year’s annual awards ceremony. Now in its 22nd year, the Excellence Awards recognize innovative municipal projects that significantly improve the quality of life for citizens, establish partnerships, and build community support. 

The Municipal Excellence Awards are a showcase of exceptional initiatives underway in Washington State and are presented to cities that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in promoting community excellence in nine categories, i.e., Going Green; Community Service; Economic Development; Hometown Spirit; Public Safety; Public Works and Small City Successes. The competition, which is open to any Washington city or town, recognizes a community’s achievement and encourages other cities to develop similar programs. Associate Planner Jen Machuga, working with planning and other City staff, wrote and submitted the grant application on behalf of Edmonds.

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