July 2018
New hires

Welcome to the team!

We recently welcomed new leaders to our City team.
 
After a national search that yielded 21 candidates and a comprehensive interview process, Mayor Cassie Franklin selected Dave DeMarco as the new chief of the Everett Fire Department. DeMarco began his new role in early June after serving most recently as interim assistant chief of operations. He joined the department as a firefighter-EMT in 1994, after starting his career as a volunteer firefighter with the Mercer Island Fire Department in 1991. His education, experience and background will help him provide strategic leadership to the department of more than 150 personnel.
 
New Economic Development Director Dan Eernissee joined the City’s planning and community development team in mid-June. Eernissee will work closely with Deputy Mayor Nick Harper and Planning Director Allan Giffen to recruit new jobs and businesses to Everett and to support and retain existing employers and industries. Eernissee comes to the Everett after serving eight years as the economic development and real estate manager for the City of Shoreline, where he led many innovative projects.
 
In early July, Everett Police Captain John DeRousse was selected to serve as one of two deputy chiefs in the department, following the recent retirement of Deputy Chief James Lever. DeRousse has served the department for more than 20 years in a variety of assignments, including patrol, K-9, and, most recently, captain of the investigations division. He holds two masters degrees and graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2017. In his new role, he will oversee the investigations and administrative services bureau of the department.

Join your neighbors for National Night Out

Community members are invited to participate in National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Aug. 7. This annual event brings neighbors together to foster stronger, more vibrant communities and build better connections among residents. Mayor Franklin and teams from Everett Police, Everett Fire, and other City departments, will travel throughout Everett to participate with neighborhoods and small block watch groups at their events. Visit everettwa.gov/nno to find an event near you or learn how to host one in your neighborhood.

National Night Out
Mayor Franklin at JCOC

Mayor Franklin attends the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference

In June Mayor Franklin had what she called a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience when she attended the Department of Defense’s week-long Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC). The conference involved spending a full day with each of the five U.S. Armed Forces at military installations on the east coast. She participated in a variety of training exercises, witnessed impressive demonstrations and met with senior military officials and service men and women.

Mayor Franklin’s JCOC experience began at the Pentagon, where the group was briefed by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis. They then flew to destinations along the east coast including Parris Island, South Carolina, Moody Air Force Base, Fort Bragg and more. A highlight video of her experience is available online.
Mayor Franklin said the conference gave her a deeper understanding and appreciation for the work our service members do. Everett is home to the Navy’s newest and most modern homeport, Naval Station Everett, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year. In June, Captain Michael Davis took command of the station, relieving Captain Mark Lakamp, who served as commanding officer for three years.

Metro Everett plan heads to Council

After more than two years of public input, including more than 20 work sessions, the City’s Planning Commission wrapped up their Metro Everett plan recommendations to the City Council on June 19. Metro Everett is a little more than one square mile and includes downtown, Everett Station and surrounding multifamily neighborhoods. The plan encourages new growth and vitality within the city’s center. Major issues discussed include building heights, parking, incentives for quality development, and protections for historic neighborhoods. The City Council is expected to begin their review mid-July.

Metro Everett
Everett Silvertips

Community events

You won’t want to miss the Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical, Hairspray, at the Everett Performing Arts Center through July 26. This all-new stage production bursting with Village Theatre’s unique flair, gives new meaning to BIG entertainment. Tracy Turnblad is a girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto national TV, dethrone the reigning teen queen, win the affections of the local heartthrob, and integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do! Hairspray teaches us to look past skin color and size in the fight for equal rights. Learn more and get tickets.
 
Everett Parks and the Everett Silvertips invite you to join the action or cheer on the players court-side at the Silvertips Street Hockey Tournament, Saturday, July 14, at Angel of the Winds Arena. Enjoy food, music, games and excitement while round-robin games take place throughout the day, culminating in single elimination playoffs. Open to recreational and competitive play in adult and youth divisions, $27 per player. Learn more and register your team at everettsilvertips.com/streethockey.
 
Travel back in time to Everett’s Boomtown Beginnings with local historian Jack O’Donnell on Saturday, July 22, from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Main Library. O’Donnell will bring Everett’s early years to life through photos and stories as you learn about Everett in the 1890s and view amazing artifacts dating back to Everett’s earliest days, showcased by the Everett Museum of History.
Celebrate Everett's diversity and enjoy a day of family fun, music and African-American culture at the annual Nubian Jam, Saturday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Forest Park. Be inspired by speakers, watch and dance to varied live performances, taste delicious food, shop vendors and browse the health and information fair. This free event is fun for the whole family! Visit nubianjameverett.org for more details.

Parks programs

Beat the heat this summer and go for a dip in Forest Park Swim Center’s wading pool, now open Monday through Friday, noon-3 p.m. The summer outdoor wading pool is open to all children 7 years and under depending upon the weather. Learn more about the Forest Park Swim Center and view the swim schedule.

Ponies, and goats, and ducks, oh my! All are welcome to stop by Animal Farm at Forest Park now through Aug. 19, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, to meet Everett’s furry and feathered residents. Guests will see a wide variety of animals including rabbits, ducks, pigs, goats and ponies. Young and old alike can enjoy petting their favorite barnyard animals and learning more about them. Admission is free and donations are greatly appreciated.

Animal Farm
Everett Transit bus

Learn about Everett Transit fare change proposals

To remain sustainable over the coming years, Everett Transit is proposing changes to service and fares in 2019. We hope that you will attend a presentation to learn more and provide your feedback on the proposed plan by Aug. 20. Get more information at everetttransit.org/servicechange. Russian and Spanish interpreters will be available at select meetings.

Everett hosts first-responder training for active shooter incidents

Everett Fire hosted a Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) three-day Active Shooter Incident Management training course for fire, EMS, police, and 9-1-1 dispatchers from around the region last month. This 24-hour course allowed all disciplines to improve their incident management and integration skills as they relate to active shooter type events.  
 
The training involved using computer simulation and scenarios that graduated from active shooter incidents to more complex coordinated attacks, similar to real-life scenarios as seen in the 2015 attacks in France. This training builds upon the foundation of active shooter training the Everett Fire and Everett Police department have been conducting together the last two years. This training allows for our first-responder agencies to better serve and respond to our local communities should they be faced with such an incident. Watch a recap of the training session here.

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