This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.
The 12 candidates who have applied to fill a vacancy on the Lakewood City Council are an impressive lot. Most have had either previous elective office experience or have served in some other civic capacity, such as on a citizens advisory committee.
It will be a tough choice for the council, which plans to make the appointment Feb. 4. That person will have the very tall order of replacing Doug Richardson, the longest-serving council member and one of the most respected leaders in Lakewood, Pierce County’s second-largest city.
Richardson – who was mayor in 2004-2005 and again from 2008 to the present – is the last of the original council members who led Lakewood since shortly before it was incorporated in February 1996. During those 17 years, the city formed its own police department, began improvements to the blighted Tillicum area and provided good levels of service while keeping tax rates relatively low.
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