Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall delivers the oath of office
to Yelm Councilors Molly Carmody and Joe DePinto,
as Rep. Denny Heck looks on – December 29, 2015.
Photo credit: Daniel Crowe
The three newly-elected Councilors have been busy questioning the status-quo and standing-up for their constituents. This was first demonstrated by Tad Stillwell questioning budget items after he was elected and inaugurated last Fall to fill unexpired Postilion 4. Now, Councilors Carmody and DePinto have also questioned several items of city affairs. To request public input and have transparency was the cornerstone of all of their campaign platforms.
I applaud them for following-through on their pledges, the very reason they were elected, and in not being intimidated or backing-down amidst The Great Intimidation.
– From Yelm Councilor Molly Carmody on the Yelm Community Watch page:
Hi Yelm Community Watch! I’m poking my head in to say that, in my work to better understand Yelm as a new Councilmember, I’ve been reading the Municipal Code. Did you know that in 1999, City Council established a Yelm Police Advisory Committee, to be comprised of local citizens? See YMC 2.51. It currently is completely inactive, with zero members. I encourage those of you with Public Safety concerns to submit applications to be on this volunteer committee. I can’t find an application form on the City website, but I bet that if you call the City and ask for an application to be posted or e-mailed to you, they’d be happy to oblige. We need more citizen input!
– From Yelm Councilor Joe DePinto:
Many folks on the council don’t believe there is a need for additional police officers. If you feel we do or don’t need more police in Yelm, I would encourage you to let the council know your thoughts. I know it can be intimidating to some, but it is really important for your voices to be heard.