Edmonds Council Dec. 19 set to further consider taser purchases, job vacancies, budget

The Edmonds City Council at its Tuesday, Dec. 19 meeting is scheduled to further consider two items discussed during last week’s Public Safety-Planning-Human Services-Personnel Committee meeting: How to fund a police department request to purchase upgraded Tasers and whether to adopt a policy aimed at giving the council more control over filling vacant jobs.

The council will also discuss a resolution authorizing the use of general fund operating reserves for 2024 general fund expenses, which may pave the way for approval of the 2024 budget.

And the council will honor outgoing Councilmember Diane Buckshnis for her 14 years of council service.

In addition, the council will receive the draft 2024 Edmonds Legislative Agenda.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N., in downtown Edmonds. You can also join the meeting virtually via Zoom at this link: https://zoom.us/j/95798484261. Or comment by phone: US: +1 253 215 8782 Webinar ID: 957 9848 4261.

Regular zouncil meetings are streamed live on the council meeting webpage (where you can also see the complete agenda), Comcast channel 21, and Ziply channel 39. Prior to the 7 p.m. meeting, the council will meet at 6:20 p.m. to interview two candidates for the Architectural Design Board.



  1. Seems to be basically a continuation of existing service for the tasers. I do wonder about the amount of cost, a regular firearm costs about one thousand and will likely last decades with minimal cost and are much more effective at neutralizing the threat. Make sure there are plenty of refill cartridges available I get the idea the number of people that need to be zapped is on the rise, zap them first and ask questions later.

  2. Please also have $ in the budget for the cost of Attorney fees now that the City of Edmonds is being sued.

  3. From the linked article, the current Taser 7 subscription system would cost more than the Taser 10, and the 10 has nearly double the range. The 10 should also have multi-round capacity as the 7 does, which is an enormous improvement over the early models.

    Seems like a great upgrade that would also save lives.

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