and foremost, I want to thank everyone that took time
to help Issue 12 pass in Parma - the police operating
levy. Whether you went door to door, helped spread the
message, or simply checked the "yes" box on May 8th,
you have helped move Parma forward.
of this levy will allow Parma to continue to move forward
and will help to provide better safety services to our
community. It will also allow other services within
the community to improve.
the additional tax revenue will not be collected until
January 2008, improvements are already beginning. Earlier
this week, I swore in a new police officer who has just
completed work at the Academy. In the coming weeks I
will be swearing-in three more officers. This would
not be possible without the passage of Issue 12.
is unfortunate that a dark cloud was placed over the
passage of Issue 12. The actions of two individuals
have made some people question my integrity, and the
integrity of my administration during the levy campaign.
I simply want to assure you that nothing could be further
from the truth.
police department acted swiftly and appropriately to
investigate allegations against two fellow officers.
Those two individuals have since been fired from the
department and one is facing criminal changes. It is
my hope that we can continue to move forward from this
and appreciate that the investigation performed by the
police department and the ensuing discipline would not
have happened, in my opinion, a few short years ago.
week I held my 4th Annual Charity 5K Run and 2K Fun
Walk. This year's event again benefited Holy Family
Home. It was also held in memory of my friend, Ron Jonila.
Mr. Jonila was President of the UAW Local 1005.
year's race marked another successful fundraising effort
for Holy Family Home. I hope to present a check to Holy
Family Home in the coming weeks that will total in excess
of $5,000.00. If you are interested, the race results
are published on my website, and can be viewed by clicking
you for your continued interest in my efforts for the
City of Parma. Please feel free to share these messages
with friends and family, and please don't hesitate to
Mayor of Parma