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PUYALLUP: Police seek a balanced council

Letter by Kevin Gill, Puyallup on Sep. 30, 2011 at 11:06 am with 6 Comments »
September 30, 2011 11:42 am

The Puyallup Police Association strongly endorses the following candidates for Puyallup City Council: Steve Vermillion, Robin Ordonez, John Palmer and Tom Smillie.

Representing police officers, police sergeants, corrections staff and other support services, the PPA supports those candidates who will best defend the quality of life in Puyallup while funding public safety in a responsible manner. After an in-depth screening and interview process, we feel our selected candidates will bring Puyallup citizens and public safety personnel a fair and responsible council.

PPA members are not just city employees. We live, work and raise our families in this community. We want what all residents want: a safe and livable Puyallup.

(Gill is president of the Puyallup Police Association.)

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  1. everyone says:

    A great list of the next Puyallup leaders. Good job PPA. You’re right on!

  2. CrazyJim says:

    Looks good!

  3. ctaylor2 says:

    Does this mean we no longer need to pay a Puyallup Police Officer overtime pay to sit at the council meetings? Mr Smilie is one of the main reasons for extra security due to his numerous blowups at the council meetings last year. Raising his voice, kicking chairs etc. Why would the PPA endorse this man? Just asking.

  4. puyallupmutt says:

    Didn’t the PPA stiff candidate Chris Taylor also 2 years ago ? – probably related to his actions (or lack of them) on the Zina Linnet case. Just stating the obvious.

  5. everyone says:

    Sir Taylor, the mutt is right about your stiff. And to be exact, the date was 4/21/09 and not last year. Watch the video. The entire audience was so angry that the council was trying to censor citizen speech as well as gerrymander George Dill out of office that they let the council know. Smillie did absolutely nothing other than tell several of them it would be the death of their political careers if they voted for it. Turner spun that into some lame threat. Officers there even told Smillie they felt no threat. McLean then tried to escalate it higher to another city for review and it went nowhere. The only time an officer ever had to approach a citizen at the podium was when an ATTORNEY would not stop talking. Should we bar attorneys from the council chambers? Go back to sleep!

  6. EthicalPuyallup says:

    Mr. Taylor is obviously calling the integrity of the PPA into question because Martineau…the “annointed one”… the hand picked stooge of the Turner Machine of which Mr. Taylor is lackey #1… was NOT endorsed by the police. As long as your’e wondering Mr. Taylor…. why don’t you wonder why the Police who stick together through thick and thin…. Brothers in Blue… DID NOT endorse Ms. Martineau when her father is a retired State Patrolman? Wonder why they DID NOT endorse her when her Husband is currently a police officer in Orting? With that Legacy in the Police Dept. she should have been a shoo in…. Extensive interviews apparently showed the Police that she is NOT the best choice. They felt strongly enough about it to go against their own unwritten code.

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