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New Community Services Coordinator in place at City Hall

Bridging government and the community

Marie Stakes

Community Services Coordinator Marie Stakes is working to bridge the gap between the community, the city government and the police.
Photo by Jeff Switzer/Woodinville Weekly.

New Community Services Coordinator by Jeff Switzer
WOODINVILLE--The city that believes you can never have too much customer service has hired Marie Stakes as its Community Services Coordinator, a position newly created by the city in an effort to provide even better "red-carpet treatment."
   Stakes is involved in a myriad of projects, including the Fourth of July fireworks planning and connections with the business community. And because her job is so new, she says her role with the city will probably change over time as the city changes. She added she's happy to be involved in the growth period for Woodinville.
   "When the city incorporated, we said, 'We don't want to be King County; we want to be accessible and accountable and reasonable,' and we want to connect with the community," she said.
   Stakes has been charged with the task of formalizing several code enforcement procedures and educating residents when there are violations, as well as crime prevention programs.
   In that capacity, she will be drawing on her 4 1/2 years as the code enforcement officer for the City of Mukilteo, plus two years as a criminal investigator with the Environmental Protection Agency and then the Department of Energy.
   "We go to court as a last, last resort," she added.
   Some of her early successes have included a role in the tail end of the Kingswood Valley paving project, as well as dealing with some challenging illegal parking issues.
   Her role as a liaison between the community and the city is a proactive one: She acts as a contact person for many issues, as well as producing and providing informational flyers for the community for city projects.
   Her next task after the Fourth of July is to get rolling on the city's crime prevention programs, such as block and businesses watches, and presentations which she and community police officers have already started at the Waterford Apartments.
   "This job has touched a lot of positive areas, things I can do in and with the community," she said. "And there is a lot of P.R. involved."