Mayor's Community Corner
I’ve lived in Liberty Lake for over 15 years. I love this city, and I believe in giving back to it by doing everything I can to keep it safe and prosperous. I have served as a volunteer reserve officer with the Liberty Lake Police Department for over 12 years. I’ve also served on our city council for 8 years, including as Mayor Pro Tem for the last four years. I am now honored to serve as Mayor of Liberty Lake.
I believe in transparency and accountability, in life and in our government. My priority is making sure that our city’s needs are met in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. I want to lead our city by proactively planning for the future, to make sure that our city’s inevitable growth is handled wisely, and for the betterment of our community. I won’t be frivolous with our city’s resources. I will continue to listen to the members of our community to help best represent our city’s interests.
I will work tirelessly to ensure a brighter future for Liberty Lake.
Some of my top priorities include:
My priority is making sure our traffic plan evolves with our community, keeping traffic flow as safe and efficient as possible.
• Streetlights and pedestrian crossings on thoroughfares to improve pedestrian safety.
• Traffic lights in the necessary locations, like the intersection of Legacy Ridge and Country Vista.
• Connecting our residents in the River District to the rest of our city by building out the Mission area with sidewalks and bike lanes.
• Cohesively working together with our neighboring cities, legislators, and DOT to complete the Harvard / Henry overpass project.
Responsible Budgeting & Fiscal Planning
I would like to work with city staff and the council toward good foresight and planning for city projects, making sure they get done right the first time, so the cost isn’t more than necessary.
I would like us to work on utilizing our existing resources to help fund the needs of the community, to include current property to its maximum effectiveness.
• Keeping taxes low by making sure projects are done right the first time, avoiding costly do-overs.
• Ensure the means of funding city projects are approved by the city council before commitments are made.
• Streamline business code enforcement processes to reduce and simplify the red tape.
• Attract new businesses to diversify the city’s tax revenue base to continue our quality city services into the future.
We have a great police department that we want to continue to support. We as a city are currently under the minimum national standard of police officers with 1 per 1,000. The ideal level is 1.5 per 1,000. We currently have 9 “patrol officers” for approximately 11,000 residents.
Our goal as a city is to get to the national level standards, which allows our police officers to maintain the proactive response we all hope for, as compared to reactive.
In closing, I am honored and humbled to serve as your mayor and thank you all for your support.