By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
The City of Mill Creek relies on resident volunteers to ensure community events such as National Night Out, the Veterans Day Parade, and the Memorial Day Parade are run safely and efficiently.
Mill Creek’s Citizens Patrol members serve the city by taking on tasks normally performed by Police Department staff. They are given a limited commission to enforce the city’s parking regulations.
The Mill Creek Police Department recognized a number of these volunteers at the January 28, 2020, city council meeting.
Unexpectedly, City Manager Michael Ciaravino had Deputy Chief of Police Scott Eastman give the presentations as Acting Chief of Police.
Police Chief Greg Elwin’s absence was not explained and Ciaravino has not responded to an email asking for clarification.
National Night Out Volunteers
The first group of volunteers Eastman praised were those who “dedicated the time and effort to plan and coordinate block parties” for National Night Out.
He told the city council that Mill Creek received an award from the National Association of Towns and Cities for the city’s 2019 National Night Out event. The city placed 19th out of 45 applicants for cities with a 15,000 to 50,000 population.
Eastman recognized the following volunteers from five neighborhoods and two businesses that conducted National Night Out block parties on August 6th.
- Gabe Oh – Brighton
- Marta Street – Mill Creek Retirement Community
- Sandi Masterman – Auguston Condominiums
- Carrie Aleksandersen – Town Center Starbucks
- Darlene Weber – Mill Creek Library
- Mary Spalding– Amberleigh
- Shonda Reinikka – Mill Creek Springs
Citizen Patrol Volunteers
Under the supervision of Police Chief Elwin, the Citizen Patrol program was reestablished from the ground up in 2018.
Eastman told the city council that Citizen Patrol members have volunteered over 1,300 hours of their time, “… allowing staff the opportunity and time to focus on other significant assignments.”
He presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award to the following three Citizen Patrol members for their service to the community:
- Sally Dagna – Silver Award – 431 hours of service
- George DeWitt – Silver Award – 378 hours of service
- Barb Heidel – Silver Award – 299 hours of service
Police Chaplain Nick Lewis also received the Bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award for his 146 hours of volunteer service.
The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation makes these awards to recognize volunteers for their dedication and commitment to the community.
Police volunteers with the Mill Creek City Council and Acting Police Chief Scott Eastman (far right). Photo courtesy of City of Mill Creek.