WHEREAS, Douglas G. Richardson’s service to the City of Lakewood since 2005 predated incorporation and demonstrated the highest levels of dedication and excellence; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Richardson served as mayor during seven of the seventeen years he was on the Lakewood City Council; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Richardson guided the City and the region through the darkest period of Lakewood’s short history after four of Lakewood’s finest police officers were murdered; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Richardson demonstrated caring leadership and strong vision as he helped orchestrate a number of policy priorities from conception through completion such as the redevelopment of the Pacific Highway corridor; the extension of sewers to Tillicum and Woodbrook; the construction of Lakewood City Hall; the establishment of the Lakewood Police Department; major improvements to Fort Steilacoom “City” Park; and the arrival of Sounder commuter rail service to Lakewood; and
WHEREAS, It is no coincidence that the Seattle Seahawks have been undefeated at home since Sounder commuter rail arrived in Lakewood; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Richardson performed his duties on the City Council concurrent with demands of family and other employment obligations such as his service to the Northrop Grumman Corporation and the United States Army Reserve; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Richardson deserves particular recognition for his efforts in further developing relationships with Lakewood’s military neighbors such as the incomparable Community Connector partnership with the 4th Stryker Brigade of the Second Infantry Division, the 62nd Airlift Wing, the new 7th Infantry Division, the 1st Corps Headquarters, and the Washington National Guard; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Richardson was instrumental in the creation and leadership of both the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership and the South Sound 911 organization; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Richardson was a friend to the local business community as he supported economic development initiatives while keeping Lakewood beautiful; and
NOW, THEREFORE, the Lakewood City Council hereby proclaims February 28, 2013, the City’s seventeenth birthday, as
MAYOR DOUG RICHARDSON APPRECIATION DAY
in the City of Lakewood and encourages all citizens to remain committed to a vision of Lakewood as the best place in the Puget Sound area to live, work, visit, and conduct business.
PROCLAIMED this 4th day of February, 2013.
Donald Anderson, Mayor