Northwest NEWS

December 27, 1999

Valley Special

New Carnation city board looks for members and answers

   CARNATION--The new Community Police Advisory Board was recently created to gather public input concerning the Carnation Police Department. The failure of the Police Services tax levy has raised questions concerning the public's attitudes toward the police department.

   Among its other duties, the Advisory Board will try and provide information about desired levels of police services and community expectations--information which the City Council will find useful as it sets the direction for future police service in the city.

   The current chairman of the Advisory Board is Chuck Krieble, a resident and commander with the Redmond Police Department. Mr. Krieble says that "active volunteers are needed to help understand what the real concerns and needs are for the police department in Carnation. Losing the police levy by two votes sent a mixed message about what the residents truly value in police service. The more constructive input we have, the better we can advise the city when asked what makes the public feel safe."

   The seven-member board was set up to include a cross-section of the community, with designated seats for residents, business, and school representatives. Those interested in serving on the board and working to improve Carnation police services may make their application through City Hall by calling 425-333-4192.