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Oath of Office
Oath of Office
Lt. Mike Fort Joins Battle Ground Police Department (Photo) - 03/14/18

Battle Ground, WA - The City of Battle Ground formally welcomed Mike Fort to the Battle Ground Police Department on March 5th as he took his oath of office as Police Lieutenant in front of City Council, citizens, and fellow law enforcement officers.

A 26-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, Lt. Fort brings wide-ranging experience and leadership to the Battle Ground Police Department. While at Portland, Lt. Fort worked in the Youth Services Division, served as Patrol Watch Commander, was a member of the Rapid Response Team, worked in the Traffic Division - Motorcycle Detail, planned law enforcement detail for Special Events, and most recently served in the Standards and Accountability Unit.

A native Texan, Lt. Fort grew up on a farm and attended Texas A & M University. In 1988 he moved to the Pacific Northwest. He earned a B.A. in English, with a minor in Spanish from Western Oregon University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and in 2016 earned a Graduate Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia.

"Mike's wealth of experience is a great benefit to the department," said Police Chief Bob Richardson, "he has quickly become an integral part of our leadership team as we continue to move the department forward to serve the community."

At his formal swearing in, Lt. Fort was accompanied by his wife, Lisa and his father, George, who pinned the Battle Ground Police Department badge on his son's uniform.

Mike is a resident of north Clark County, enjoying many of the recreational opportunities the area offers -- fishing, backpacking, snowshoeing, biking, motorcycling, running and camping. He and Lisa have a small farm where they raise beef.

Chief Richardson and Officer of the Year, Ed Michael
Chief Richardson and Officer of the Year, Ed Michael
Battle Ground Police Officer Ed Michael named 2017 Officer of the Year (Photo) - 03/13/18

Each year, Battle Ground Police Department employees select an officer to recognize for his or her exemplary performance. The Officer of the Year award for 2017 was presented to Officer Ed Michael at the March 5th Battle Ground City Council meeting. He was surrounded by family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers as he received the award.

Officer Michael has served the community of Battle Ground since 2005. His work with the Battle Ground Police Department includes specialty assignments as a Field Training Officer, Taser Instructor, and Patrol Bike Instructor.

In 2017 he was recognized by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission's Target Zero program with the Top Performer Award. He participated and performed at a high level in a number of safety emphasis patrols including DUI, Pedestrian Safety, and Distracted Driving.

His colleagues at the Battle Ground Police Department characterize Officer Michael as consistently having a positive attitude, an exemplary work ethic, and as a person they call upon for advice, support, and mentorship.

Police Chief Bob Richardson presented the award, stating "For his outstanding service to the community, which reflects the mission and values of the Battle Ground Police Department, it is my honor to name Officer Ed Michael as our 2017 Officer of the Year."

Traffic Alert
Traffic Alert
Traffic Alert for Friday, March 9 at Battle Ground's SR-502/503 Intersection: Delays Expected (Photo) - 03/07/18

Engineers have received a permit from WSDOT to survey in and around the SR-502/503 intersection as part of the city of Battle Ground's Congestion Relief Project.

While the survey work is performed, between 9:00am and 3:00pm, the 502/503 signal will be disabled and flaggers will control the intersection. In each direction traffic will be funneled into one lane from which drivers will be able to go left, straight, or right as allowed by the flaggers.

Motorists are advised to avoid the intersection if possible. If travel through the area is necessary, motorists should be extremely cautious and aware of flaggers.

Attached Media Files: Traffic Alert
City of Battle Ground & WSDOT seek public input on Phases 2 & 3 of SR-502/503 Congestion Relief Project - 03/06/18

Battle Ground, WA - Construction on Phase 1 of the SR-502/503 Congestion Relief Project is complete and design work is beginning on future Phases 2 and 3. The primary goal of the project, as its name implies, is to reduce congestion at the 502/503 intersection and on Main Street (SR-502). Significant progress has been made with completed Phase 1 traffic revisions.

City of Battle Ground and WSDOT engineers are currently evaluating Phases 2 and 3 project plans and goals and are seeking public input at a project open house scheduled for Monday, March 26 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Battle Ground City Hall.

Project engineers will be on-hand to present project goals and strategies, speak to challenges and potential solutions, discuss the WSDOT practical design process, and gather public input.

The city welcomes and encourages public participation. Battle Ground City Hall is located at 109 SW 1st Street in Battle Ground.

To learn more about the SR-502/503 Congestion Relief Project -- completed Phase 1 and planned Phases 2 and 3, visit

Councilmember Brian Munson
Councilmember Brian Munson
Battle Ground Councilmember Brian Munson awarded with Certificate of Municipal Leadership (Photo) - 02/27/18

Battle Ground Councilmember Brian Munson was recently awarded a Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC).

AWC's Certificate of Municipal Leadership program recognizes elected city officials for accomplishing training in four core areas of local governance:
* Roles, responsibilities and legal requirements
* Public sector resource management
* Community planning and development
* Effective local leadership

"Cities around the state are continually transforming in light of changing laws and the need to meet new challenges and opportunities, said AWC CEO Peter King.

"The leadership program helps Mayors and councilmembers sharpen the tools they need today to understand the legal landscape, plan for the future, manage their resources, and foster strong relationships. The elected officials who earn this certificate demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning and a desire to bring new ideas to their community."

To earn this distinction, Councilmember Munson completed more than 30 hours of training credits.

Mr. Munson has served the City of Battle Ground since February of 2014 when he was appointed to the city's Planning Commission. In July of 2016, City Council appointed him to fill then-vacated City Council Position No. 1, and in November of last year he was elected by voters to serve a full 4-year term (2018 -- 2021) on City Council.

Attached Media Files: Councilmember Brian Munson
Reviewing Emergency Response Procedures
Reviewing Emergency Response Procedures
City of Battle Ground officials review and exercise Emergency Management Plan (Photo) - 02/26/18

When a typical day turns to anything but, the city must be prepared to respond. Over the last year we have witnessed communities devastated by flood, wildfires, violence, industrial accidents, and numerous other unexpected disasters.

The City of Battle Ground's all-hazards Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) provides a framework for mitigating, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters. Without regular assessment and practice, however, the plan is just a document.

Earlier this month, Battle Ground City Council and senior staff met with emergency management professionals at CRESA (Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency) to review and practice emergency response systems and procedures outlined in the CEMP. An exercise, simulating a collision that resulted in the release of a toxic, explosive gas, focused on the specific roles and responsibilities of City Council and city staff during an emergency event or disaster:
* First responders, Police and Fire/EMS personnel, act to lessen the immediate threat in order to protect lives and property. An incident commander manages the incident and makes tactical decisions.

* Other city staff, often referred to as second responders, perform a wide variety of essential duties to support both first responders and the community affected by the incident. Examples include coordinating resources, managing road closures and utilities, providing information to the public, and coordinating shelter and mass care for evacuees.

* The role of City Council is essential in providing policy directive, authorizing procurement of resources, and if necessary, declaring an emergency and emergency orders.

This kind of exercise is essential to identify and mitigate potential gaps in the plan, and in the application of the plan. When disaster strikes, response activities are critical and everyone at the city has a role significant to the continuity of city government and operations in order to serve the public need.

The City of Battle Ground is in the unique position of being the first municipality in recent years to open and review its CEMP with the assistance of CRESA's emergency management team. The review and work began in 2017 and exercises will continue through 2018. The collaborative process will serve as a template for other cities in Clark County as they begin to assess and practice their plans.

Preparing for emergencies is important for everyone. The city's Emergency Preparedness page at: contains resources for residents and businesses on how to plan ahead and receive emergency alerts and warnings.

Emergencies can happen anywhere and it is essential that everyone take action to prepare for the unexpected.