The last week or two our neighboring city to the east, Granite Falls, has seen its share of small town politics. Even in the last few years, small town politics has come into play with the former mayor failing a state audit and a new mayor being voted in last November by over 60 percent of the vote.
Fortunately for both the Lake Stevens Journal and the Journal’s newly purchased Granite Falls Press, we have had a great working relationship with both Mayor Saleem and Police Chief Tony Domish, who is currently on paid administrative leave while the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office conducts an investigation.
Throughout the drug bust on April 16 and the police chief’s leave, both the police chief and mayor have remembered their hometown newspaper, the mayor even giving the Journal and the Granite Falls Press an exclusive story.
Throughout these events, I have reflected on how lucky we are, here in Lake Stevens, to have so many great working relationships between City Hall, the mayor, city council, police department, sewer district, fire district, Chamber of Commerce and our school district—just to name a few.
This is not typical for most cities and it is under appreciated. Even our Democratic Senator and our Republican State Representative work together for the citizens they represent. They also work hand-in-hand with the above-mentioned entities.
While the events taking place in Granite Falls are unfolding and taking center stage in this bedroom community, the work of running a city of 25,000 is taking place here in Lake Stevens.
While Granite Falls’ Mayor Saleem waits for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to complete their investigation, I hope that the outspoken minority can get back to work and make their city the best it can be. There is a lot of potential in that small town of just over 3,300 people.
Hopefully, they can take their cue from Lake Stevens and keep the work moving forward. Can’t we all just get along?