King County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted

June 22-King County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted is Wayne L. Rattler. Rattler has a felony warrant for Vehicular Assault/ Felony Hit and Run. The court has set bail at $25,000.00.

On January 20, 2019, around 7:55 PM, near S 176/ Military RD S in SeaTac the victim driver and his mother along with a backseat passenger were making a left turn on a green light. Witnesses saw a Suzuki, driven by Rattler, approach the victim vehicle from behind at a high rate of speed, enter the left turn lane and continue into the intersection, colliding with the victims vehicle. One of the occupants in the victim vehicle suffered a broken collar bone as well as three broken ribs.

Rattler got out of the driver’s seat of the Suzuki after the collision, along with a female carrying a baby and a car seat, and they fled on foot. Deputies located Rattler, the female and baby a few blocks away.

Rattler, the female and the baby were uninjured. Rattler had the odor of intoxicants on his breath and was processed for DUI. He blew a .124 and was booked into jail. Rattler also had a suspended license and was not supposed to be driving.

Rattler is 25 years old, 6’1” and 160 lbs.

If you see him do not attempt to contact him, call 911. His last known address shows is in the SeaTac area.

If you know Rattler’s whereabouts you can submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound through with any information.

Fireworks Safety in a Pandemic

June 26-Every year in the U.S., about 9,000 people are injured using fireworks at home, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Most of these injuries take place around the July Fourth holiday. This year, as we have been dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic most public fireworks displays have been cancelled.

If you decide to use consumer fireworks, please do so with caution and follow local rules and regulations. In addition, remember that if gathering for the holiday, social distancing, wearing a face covering and hand-washing are still very important.

•             Fireworks are banned in many cities

•             Fireworks purchased from approved firework stands are only allowed to be discharged in unincorporated King County on July 4, and they should be sold only by reliable Washington State- and King County Fire Marshal-licensed retailers

•             Fireworks not purchased from a state-licensed fireworks retailors are not approved to be discharged in unincorporated King County. They may be considered explosive material.

•             Fireworks are not allowed in King County Parks, per King County Code.

•             Fireworks are not allowed on school properties.

•             Where legal, fireworks can only be discharged between the hours of 9:00 AM and midnight on July 4th. 

•             If you choose to discharge fireworks on the 4th follow these rules and safety tips:

o             You must be at least 16 years old, with photo identification, to purchase fireworks.

o             Always have a responsible adult light all fireworks.

o             Have a garden hose or a fire extinguisher handy.

o             Use fireworks outdoors only—away from buildings, houses with wood exteriors, trees, and dry fields.

o             Avoid aerial fireworks.

o             Light one item at a time, move away quickly, and have everyone keep a safe distance.

o             If a device does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least five minutes before approaching it.

o             Soak used fireworks in water before disposing of them.

o             Keep pets safe. Use eye protection. Clean up all debris. (Regional Animal Services of King County provides information about fireworks safety for pets)

o             If it has a stick or fins and it goes up, or if it explodes, it is illegal in Washington State.

June is LGBTQ Month

June 23-At the Regular Council meeting, Mayor Erin Sitterley issued a proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Pride Month for the City of SeaTac. 

The Mayor proclaimed June 2020 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Pride Month; and encouraged all community residents to fight discrimination and prejudice wherever it exists and to celebrate our beautiful community by honoring our LGBTQ family, friends and neighbors.

Here is the full text of the proclamation.

WHEREAS, the battle for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people is reflected in the tireless commitment of the LGBTQ community, as well as dedicated advocates and allies who strive to forge a more inclusive society; and

WHEREAS, LGBTQ members of our American family, including those who live in our local communities, may yet face hate and discrimination simply for being who they are and there remains much work to do to extend the promise of our country to every person; and

WHEREAS, the City of SeaTac, being an inclusive community, rejects discrimination of any kind and continues to affirm our belief that we are all freer when we are treated as equals.

NOW, therefore, I, Erin Sitterley, Mayor of the City of SeaTac, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2020 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Pride Month; and encourage all community residents to fight discrimination and prejudice wherever it exists and to celebrate our beautiful community by honoring our LGBTQ family, friends and neighbors.

Given under my hand and the seal of the City of SeaTac this 23rd day of June 2020.

Sheriff’s Office Reforms Policy, Seeks Approval from Eight Can’t Wait

June 19-The King County Sheriff’s Office is always evaluating our current policies and looking for ways to evolve and improve. After the tragic and troubling death of George Floyd on May 25th in Minneapolis, Sheriff Mitzi G. Johanknecht ordered a further review of our Use of Force policies to look for opportunities to clarify or strengthen them.

Although the King County Sheriff’s Office made considerable changes to our Use of Force policies last year, we asked Campaign Zero to audit KCSO policies against the 8 Can’t Wait. 

The 8 procedures were developed by Campaign Zero, a nationwide police reform campaign to reduce Use of Force and police brutality. 8 Can’t Wait consists of:

  1. Ban Chokeholds and Strangleholds
  2. Require De-escalation
  3. Require exhausting all reasonable means before resorting to deadly force
  4. Ban Shooting At Moving Vehicles
  5. Require Use of Force Continuum
  6. Require Comprehensive Reporting (of force)
  7. Duty to Intervene
  8. Require Verbal Warnings Before Shooting

On June 11, 2020, Campaign Zero determined that items 1 through 6 are already contained in existing policy in our General Orders Manual (GOM).  The General Orders Manual sets forth professional standards for the performance, behavior, and service of our employees. 

Although KCSO already complies with 7 and 8 in practice, KCSO agreed that policies need clarification on these points.  KCSO reached out to union leadership, who fully supported the Sheriff’s efforts and promptly agreed with the need to clarify policy.  Collaboration with the King County Police Officers’ Guild (KCPOG) and the Puget Sound Police Managers’ Association (PSPMA) and the King County Sheriff’s Office Marshals’ Guild (KCSOMG) resulted in policy revisions to require a Duty in Intervene (GOM 6.00.055) when a member of KCSO observes another member using force that is clearly beyond what is reasonable under the circumstancesand Verbal Warnings (GOM 6.00.045) before discharging a firearm.  We accomplished these revisions in only 5 working days.

The King County Sheriff’s Office is grateful to Campaign Zero and union leadership. This is an example of how collaboration can work to effect change.

On Monday, June 22nd, we will send our revised policies to Campaign Zero for feedback and final sign off.

We look forward to more opportunities to collaborate on issues that improve transparency and accountability.  Another recent project that increases transparency on use of force can be found at  This interactive dashboard contains information on all uses of force from 2014-2019.

Puget Sound Fire Weekly Incident Summary for June 14-20

June 23-Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Weekly Incident Summary for June 14-20, 2020.          

EMS/Rescue:                              440

False Call :                                   43

Fire:                                              12

Good Intent:                                  42

Haz Condition:                                8

Other:                                             3

Service:                                        19

Total: 567

Annual Total Year-to-Date:              13,065

The South King County Fire Training Consortium (SKCFTC) is proud to announce the graduation of the Firefighter Training Academy Recruit Class #9 on Thursday, June 25, 2020. This the culmination of the 21 week recruit training academy that started on February 3.  Puget Sound Fire has 10 recruits in this class to fill vacancies created by retiring senior firefighters. 

Due to the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, attendees are limited to recruits and their immediate family only However, we invite you to join us as we live stream the graduation ceremony on the consortium Facebook page. Information can be found in the attachment above.   The graduation ceremony will also be shared on the Puget Sound Fire Facebook page. 

Please help us congratulate the Academy #9 Graduates, 

Governor Inslee Announces Statewide Mask Mandate

June 23-Beginning June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering

Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman today announced a statewide mandatory face covering order that will take effect Friday, June 26.

The order comes after a Saturday announcement of a mandatory mask proclamation for Yakima County starting this week. The order was in response to reports of increasing case counts and a potential overwhelming of the county’s health care system.

Residents of Yakima County must wear face coverings in public and businesses must require customers and clients to wear masks to operate, and may not serve anyone who enters their business without a face covering, with some limited exceptions.

After subsequent reports of cases increasing in additional counties, the governor and Wiesman extended the face covering requirement today to include the entire state of Washington.

“As necessary economic activity increases and more people are out in their communities, it is imperative that we adopt further measures to protect all of us,” Inslee said during a press conference Tuesday. “Until a vaccine or cure is developed, this is going to be one of our best defenses.”

Starting Friday, every Washingtonian must wear a facial covering when in a public space, as mandated by the public health order signed by Wiesman. This includes both indoor and outdoor public spaces.

“The science is clear that when we use face coverings, we limit the spread of droplets being passed on to others when we talk, cough or sneeze. While some of us are wearing face coverings in public, we must increase usage to best control the virus. Washington’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if, together, we act safely and follow health recommendations,” Wiesman said.

Wearing a mask is one of the most effective things people can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Recent models suggest that the incidence of COVID-19 cases can be reduced if the majority of the population are wearing masks. This correlation has been seen in other countries that have been able to lower the curve through mask usage.

As with previous orders, there will be specific exemptions for those who may be adversely impacted by wearing a facial covering. These exemptions include those with certain medical conditions and children under the age of two, who should not wear a face covering. Children aged two, three and four are encouraged, but not required, to wear a face covering in public with the assistance and supervision of an adult.

In addition, individuals may remove face coverings under certain circumstances, including while eating or drinking at a restaurant; while communicating with a person who is Deaf or hard of hearing; and while outdoors in public areas, provided that a distance of six feet is maintained from people who are not members of their household.

The order is in addition to the other guidelines counties must follow in each phase of reopening. Physical distancing, appropriate and regular sanitation actions and other requirements are still expected from Washingtonians and businesses. Businesses are already required to adopt face coverings or more protective requirements for their employees. In cases where local officials or other agencies have also adopted face covering requirements, the more protective requirement must be followed.

Face coverings will help protect the health of Washingtonians and our communities, including essential workers and those returning to the workforce as counties advance phases. Such a requirement will be much more effective when the majority of the population wears masks.

“Essential workers face higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 in order to serve our communities. Many are already required to wear masks at work for 8 to 12 hours or longer, and we do that to help keep everyone safe. We’re very glad the public is joining in and we appreciate the governor’s proclamation, because face coverings are most effective when we’re all wearing them to protect each other. The safety of workers and our entire community, and the stability of our health care system, is dependent on customers and patients joining in a shared effort to prevent transmission and keep bending the curve. To all our customers and patients: We care for you and your family. When you come into a store, pharmacy or clinic wearing a face covering, we see you caring about us and our families. We know we can protect each other,” said Faye Guenther, president of UFCW21.

As more counties progress through the phased approach to re-opening, it’s even more important to follow the order and phase guidelines in order to help reopen the economy.

“Masking up is not just something that saves lives, it can save economies,” Inslee said. “If we don’t want to turn the dial back on phases in counties, we need every Washingtonian to join us in this effort.”

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Preschool Grads Receive Special Ceremony

June 19-On Thursday, June 18, the SeaTac’s ABC…123 Preschool held its annual graduation for those students moving on to Kindergarten next fall. 

Teacher Nina Zacharias has stayed in touch with the families over the last few months and wanted the students to be celebrated for their accomplishments.   Of course, a traditional graduation was not possible.  So instead families drove their students up ‘curbside’ at the SeaTac Community Center and Teacher Nina spent a moment acknowledging them and giving them their diploma and a special gift.  

Even though the school year was cut short, the students worked hard and are ready to launch into kindergarten next fall.

Congratulations to our young grads!

Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Weekly Incident Summary for June 6-13, 2020

June 19- Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Weekly Incident Summary for June 6-13, 2020.

EMS/Rescue:                               391

False Call:                                    29

Fire:                                              15

Good Intent:                                 46

Haz Condition:                             8

Other:                                           3

Service:                                        14

Total: 506

Annual Total Year-to-Date:       12498

This week is National Firefighter Safety Stand Down week. The King County Fire Chiefs Association issued a statement.

The organization also released some new statistics.

New Project Activity Web Map for June 19

June 19-SeaTac’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has worked collaboratively with the Public Works Department to create a new interactive Project Activity Web Map. This shiny new web portal allows you to not only see the public project being constructed but it also allows you to interact with the map. All of these projects are being constructed to improve the City.

There is a whole team of people from GIS and Public Works Engineering who work diligently behind the scenes to put these weekly maps together. The maps were created to help everyone better understand the construction projects around the City. The new web portal compiles all active Public Works projects into one place.

Check it out and spend some time playing around with the functionality of the new web maps.

City Council Chooses Stanley Tombs as New Councilmember

June 17-During a Special Council Meeting tonight, the SeaTac City Council appointed Stanley Tombs, Jr. to fill vacant Council Position # 2 and complete the current unexpired term. The appointment took place after the Council reviewed seven applicants who previously applied and interviewed for a vacant council position in October of 2018. In June, Councilmember Joel Wachtel vacated his seat creating the opening.

Mr. Tombs will be sworn in at the June 23, 2020 Regular Council Meeting and will serve until the certification of the November 2021 General Election.

Tombs is currently serving on the Sidewalk Committee and previously served as a Councilmember from January 2019 to November 2019. He was chosen by Council to fill the Position #5 seat after former Councilmember Amina Ahmed passed away.

Tombs was born and raised in SeaTac even before the City was incorporated. Tombs is retired from the legal industry. He is the former Vice-Chair of the SeaTac Planning Commission and was a member of the committee from July 2017 to January 2019. In addition, Tombs attended the previous City of SeaTac Community Leadership Academy which teaches residents about how the City government operates.

The City of SeaTac has a seven-member City Council elected by the residents. The Council chooses from among themselves who will serve as Mayor and Deputy Mayor for a two-year term. The Mayor is recognized as the head of the City for ceremonial purposes and is the chair of the Council Meetings.

The City Councilmembers are the leaders and policy makers elected to represent the community and to concentrate on policy issues that are responsive to the needs and wishes of the residents and businesses. The SeaTac Council makes policy, land use, and budget decisions for the City.

The City Council appoints a full-time City Manager to oversee the daily operations of the City and to advise, implement, and administer the policies adopted by the City Council.