June 8: County councilmembers hosting Public Safety Town Hall in Marysville

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney, County Councilmembers Sam Low and Nate Nehring, and Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Matt Baldock are hosting a Public Safety Town Hall from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 at the Marysville Opera House, 1225 3rd St., Marysville.

According to organizers, the event is intended to start a dialogue with the community about public safety challenges facing local communities and what can be done to address them.

At the event, speakers will cover topics including the recent police reform legislation from Olympia, the staffing shortage crisis in law enforcement and the Blake Decision related to drug use and possession.

Questions will be taken from the audience.



  1. A waste of time and energy. This group of elected county officials are putting on a show prior to the November election. They are pursuing their collective agenda and will only hear and articulate what they want to hear that supports their agenda.

  2. Promote a Signal 4 Safety program including PTA’s at schools and signage, such as:

    *SIGNAL 300 FT = 1/2 block

    Let’s get people w/signage at corners and busy intersections promoting this safety program. It appears to me that 50% of drivers don’t use their turn signals. This ideas has been presented to Edmonds police dept and Edmonds City Council … this is a message promoting school safety, pedestrian safety and decrease stupid vehicle accidents.

  3. It sounds like this meeting is heavily related to the recent staffing shortages in the King County Sheriff dept. As well as reviewing the impacts of the recent police reform bills in WA.

    Snohomish County Sheriff cut back on services due to staff shortages

    “Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney says in the last three weeks, four deputies have gone to the hospital, and he says there have been three instances of responding deputies being attacked while back up is far away.

    Fortney says criminals are emboldened, and there is a staff shortage of deputies. He says due to the circumstances cuts have to happen.

    Starting in the middle of June, the office’s K-9, Directed Patrol, and Office of Neighborhood units will temporarily be dissolved.”

    The police reforms in WA have also had a lot of negative impacts that have not been fully reviewed or fixed. I think this meeting will be important to get more information on those impacts to better convince our legislators to make fixes to these laws.

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