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FEDERAL WAY FORUM | Viewpoints on proposed PACC, resident survey [5]

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OPINION | Mirror launches new Federal Way Forum feature [4] Roegner: Change, controversy, more rumors [4] COMMUNITY | Council approves readdition of four staff positions [7] BLOTTER | Victim locates stolen vehicle, chases thief while waiting for police [12]

SPORTS | Softball Preview: Beamer FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014 | 75¢ looking for return trip to state [8]

ELECTION | Freeman, Kochmar and Baruso announce bids for candidacy [16]

Mayor announces big new changes for city City to add new staff, police and code enforcement positions, new park the end of his speech, which was met with a standing ovation. ederal Way Mayor Jim “Ladies and gentleman of Ferrell announced the jury … sorry, old habits several new changes die hard,” the for the city former prosduring his ecuting attorney state of the joked, adding, “I city address can say — beon Wednesyond a reasonday. able doubt — the These state of our city changes is strong.” include the During his city’s first speech, Ferrell downtown stood beside a park, a new large squareeconomic shaped object development that was covered director, with a black new code cloth. But before enforcement Mayor Jim Ferrell speaks he unveiled what officer and it was, he spoke during the state of the city enforcement about his accomaddress on Wednesday. system, addi- CARRIE RODRIGUEZ, The Mirror plishments so far tional police during his first officers and three months as changes to police vemayor and what big changes hicles that will significantly residents can expect in the strengthen the police decoming months. partment’s ability to recover Ferrell said while he is not stolen vehicles. quite leading the city like But Ferrell’s most powerhis hair’s on fire, he joked, ful message to the packed he is leading Federal Way room at the Twin Lakes Golf with a sense of purpose and and Country Club came at [ more MAYOR, page 11 ] BY CARRIE RODRIGUEZ

F Reach Out Rollermania

Above, roller skaters whirl around the track during Reach Out’s third annual Rollermania fundraiser at Pattisons West in Federal Way on Monday night. The event raised between $8,000$10,000 to benefit winter shelters for homeless men and women. BRUCE HONDA, Contributed Right, A girl holds onto a device to help her maintain balance during the event. ED STREIT PRODUCTIONS, Contributed

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Council approves funding for economic development director position BY GREG ALLMAIN

The Federal Way City Council unanimously approved the funding for an economic development

director position during its meeting Tuesday and agreed that economic development continues to be of paramount importance to the city. According to Mayor Jim Ferrell’s Chief of Staff Brian Wilson, the designation of director means a qualified candidate would make between $112-148,000

annually, depending on experience and other relevant factors. “The importance of economic development within our city cannot be overstated and with the tremendous workload demands that have been experienced by our staff, specifically our Community and Economic Development Director (Pat-

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rick Doherty), and with the change in the economy that we’re starting to see, it’s our recommendation from the mayor to add/re-establish an economic development position,” Wilson said. “This would have a singular focus under the mayor to plan, organize and direct economic development for the downtown area. The

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position would provide leadership and coordination for the city’s economic development activities, including recommending policy, infrastructure, marketing, recruitment and negotiations with businesses, bringing them into our city as part of new development.” Wilson added the posi-

tion would “seek out overall economic development strategies for the city,” and also would “coordinate and collaborate with partner groups within our community” to “build on the great opportunity” the city has in the downtown core. Councilmember Kelly Maloney asked for clarifi[ more COUNCIL, page 3 ]


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April 04, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror