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July
8th

Lakewood, fire district to honor 19 Arizona firefighters

The city of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will fly their flags at half-staff and encourage residents to observe a moment of silence Tuesday, July 9, in remembrance of the 19 Arizona firefighters killed in a wildfire last week.

The day coincides with a memorial service for the firefighters that Vice President Joe Biden will attend.

Mayor Don Anderson, a former volunteer firefighter, alluded to the November 2009 murder of four Lakewood police officers when he stated in a press release that the city shares a “special understanding of the loss suffered by their families and community.”

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July
3rd

New Lakewood city manager to fill key executive jobs

Incoming City Manager John Caulfield will have two key jobs to fill when he starts work in September.

After last month’s departure of assistant city manager Choi Halladay, officials learned communications director Jeff Brewster, a Army Reserve lieutenant colonel, has been mobilized for the second time in more than two years.

Interim City Manager Heidi Wachter, who will return to her job as city attorney with Caulfield’s arrival, said she’s seeking feedback from Caulfield before beginning the search for Halladay’s successor.

Halladay, who was hired by Lakewood in May 2007, accepted a job as vice president for administrative services at

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July
1st

Lakewood City Council to OK new city manager’s contract

The four-month search for a new Lakewood city manager ends tonight when the City Council is poised to approve a contract with Mountlake Terrace City Manager John Caulfield to lead the daily operations of Pierce County’s second-largest city.

Caulfield starts work Sept. 3.

Caulfield would earn $165,000 to start, according to his proposed contract. Former city manager Andrew Neiditz earned $156,124 a year when he resigned in February, according to his most recent employment contract.

The new city manager also will receive $16,000 a year in deferred compensation. Neiditz’s deferred compensation was based on 11 percent of his current base

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June
25th

Loss of Lewis-McChord brigade will leave void for Lakewood


The 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division crosses “Phase Line: Lakewood” as it enters Kuwait as the last combat unit to leave Iraq in August 2010.
(Courtesy: City of Lakewood)

Tuesday’s announced inactivation of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division also means the coming end of the unit’s strong relationship with the city of Lakewood.

The city is the brigade’s “adopted” community under Lewis-McChord’s community connector program. The program pairs major units at the base with surrounding communities to break down the fence line between the military and civilian populations.

Brigade soldiers have helped out at community

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June
25th

Caulfield accepts terms to become Lakewood city manager

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson said Tuesday that John Caulfield has accepted terms to become the new city manager of Pierce County’s second-largest city.

Caulfield, the 48-year-old city manager of Mountlake Terrace, will begin his new job Sept. 3. Caulfield is required to give 60 days of notice to his current employer.

The contract still needs to be drawn up and approved by the full council, and it’s unclear at this time when that would occur. Anderson declined to reveal Caulfield’s base salary because the contract is pending. The council was unanimous in voting to begin contract negotiations with Caulfield.

“I’m

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June
20th

Caulfield is Lakewood City Council’s pick as new city manager

The Lakewood City Council voted Thursday night to enter into contract negotiations with Mountlake Terrace City Manager John Caulfield to become the new city manager for Pierce County’s second-largest city.

Caulfield, 48, was the last person standing after a recruitment process that drew more than 30 people nationwide and extended interview requests to six finalists. Three finalists withdrew before the interviews, the council whittled the pool down to two after the interviews, and Wednesday’s withdrawal by Deputy Pierce County Executive Kevin Phelps left just Caulfield.

Council members said Caulfield has the skill set, especially in economic development, financial acumen and

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June
19th

VIDEO: Washington State Fair Traveling Farm visits Lakewood elementary school

The Washington State Fair Traveling Farm made its final stop of the school year last week at Lake Louise Elementary School in Lakewood.

It teaches kids about farming and food production using a customized tractor-trailer that drives to schools within a 50-mile radius of the fairgrounds in Puyallup.

A story about the program will be featured in The News Tribune later this week. Below is a preview of what the mobile classroom has to offer kids.

June
19th

Lakewood left with one finalist for city manager as Phelps withdraws

Deputy Pierce County Executive Kevin Phelps said Wednesday that he has withdrawn as a candidate for Lakewood city manager, leaving Mountlake Terrace City Manager John Caulfield as the lone finalist to lead the daily operations of Pierce County’s second-largest city.

Phelps, who lives in Lakewood, told The News Tribune he notified Mayor Don Anderson of his decision Wednesday morning. He said he had no plans to look for another job at this time, calling the Lakewood position a unique opportunity.

Anderson said the council still planned to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday and he anticipated it would vote to extend

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