Guests, Happy Dollars and Announcements

We welcomed Guests Anne Schultz (Chamber President, pictured at right), Aaron Lissarrague (Incoming Chamber Board Chair), Tim Carter (General Manager, R/B Honda), and financial planners Nic Romero and Lindy Vinustus (pictured far right).  There were lots of Happy Dollars, many in honor of our guests and the coming of Spring!
Kirsten Nelson presented a check from the Richfield Rotary Foundation to Police Chief Jay Henthorne and Fire Chief Wayne Kewitsch to to support Safety Camp, which is in its 27th year!  Jay commented, “We couldn’t do this program without the help of Richfield Rotary.”  Wayne added, “Both the monetary contribution and your volunteer support – including serving pizza - are greatly appreciated!” 

Program:  Police and Fire Department Update

Police Chief Jay Henthorne highlighted a number of police initiatives:

  • Micro-grants for citizens to replace burned out tail lights (versus issuing tickets)
  • Use of an Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program to track and address opioid abuse;
  • Making the Vitals app available for voluntary use by people with mental health issues, autism, etc. to help police better interact with them.  
  • Adopted a “Pathways to Policing Program” to attract and develop officers who reflect community diversity and embrace Department core values. 

Fire Chief Wayne Kewitsch noted that, with limited resources, “all of our resources are driven to our central mission of addressing fires.”  He did announce an initiative on fire code violations, stating, “"The easiest fire to put out is the one we prevent."  Regarding hiring, Kewitsch noted that Fire Department hiring is limited by the Civil Service System, which bases selection on test scores.

There were lots of questions and comments, including Tim Carter’s encouragement of greater development along the 494 corridor which would “increase safety and generate additional tax revenue for the City.”  (Tim is pictured at left.)
For "Show and Tell," Chief Henthorne passed around the prototype of the RPD's new badge design, which honors the department's inception in 1937.