Marine keeps public safety No. 1 | Letter

Oct 30, 2013

Editor, The Beacon:

We support Joe Marine for mayor.  Please consider the following reasons:

Joe supports community volunteerism, through Mukilteo Community Garden, Tails and Trails Mukilteo Dog Park, Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival, South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary, Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo, Mukilteo Seniors, Mukilteo Historical Society and more.

Connecting community through recognition of Mukilteo’s history is extremely important to Mayor Marine. Examples: Native American art at Lighthouse Park and the informational boards identifying the history and story of each setting in our unique city.

The mayor is proud of moving forward on what was a very contentious issue and has proven to be a valuable and successful new Rosehill facility.

He supports keeping public safety the No. 1 priority. Mayor Joe continues to work with the Mukilteo School District on public safety issues, such as safe routes to school. He is always on the watch for solutions to enhance pedestrian safety and parking in and around the waterfront:

Here are some public safety measures:

The Police Department has reinstated National Night Out Against Crime and regularly tours many block gatherings.

Mayor Joe hired a new police chief, added a new crime prevention officer, added detectives, built a strong police volunteer program, established new Block Watch groups, implemented the Mukilteo Citizen’s Police Academy.

He’s staffed two stations of professional firefighters and paramedics 24/7, budgeted for apparatus replacement, employed our own paramedics and is looking into a CERT (Certified Emergency Response Team) class through the Fire Department for residents,

The mayor keeps his promises. One example: He increased the city’s transparency.

Like many local governments, Mukilteo was forced to address dwindling revenue in the aftermath of the 2009 recession.

Chief among the city’s challenges were the loss of staff resources and institutional knowledge, badly outdated technology infrastructure and growing need to improve transparency with the public.

In response, Mayor Joe Marine challenged city staff be creative, to do more with less, and to find ways to increase efficiency of operations.

As part of this charge, Mukilteo began working with Paladin Data Systems to implement new technology that would simplify tracking and communication of the city’s long range capital improvement efforts.

Having the ability for citizens to go online and take a look at exactly where the money is being spent and what it is going toward is huge!

It would be a devastating blow to Mukilteo to lose Mayor Marine’s most effective and positive leadership that produces results.

Bruce and Lois Brown,


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