By Michele Smith
On November 3rd, 2015, residents of Normandy Park voted 'no' on a levy that would have continued funding for two Police Officer positions and a Records Specialist position. The levy failed by 283 votes and the layoffs will happen Jan. 1, 2016 in order for the city to balance the 2015-16 budget.
Believing these layoffs will have a significantly negative impact on safety in their community, Normandy Park residents Patti Gifford, Gerry Osgood, Lynn Hewitt, Susan West and Tom Munslow began a grassroots effort and a 501(c)3 foundation called Friends of Normandy Park (FONP) that also includes community members and local businesses tasked with raising funds through event and project planning. They are currently seeking donations in the amount of $276,000 to save the three Police Department positions for 2016.
Retaining these positions would maintain the minimum level of police support the group believes is necessary although the department would still be two positions short from a full-size staff of 12 full-time Police Officers, 1 Community Service Officer and two Records staff.More ›