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Bajema’s resignation leaves Winthrop without police force

Bajema’s resignation leaves Winthrop without police force

The Winthrop Marshal’s Office, which had a full complement of three full-time officers at the beginning of the year, will end 2015 with none. Acting Marshal Ken Bajema, the sole remaining officer on the Winthrop force, recently sent a letter of resignation to the town, effective Dec. 22.
Winthrop’s police officers deserve more support, less micromanaging

Winthrop’s police officers deserve more support, less micromanaging

By Ken Bajema It is a difficult time to be a police officer. As I write this, 116 officers have been killed in the line of duty this year, six of them in Washington state. Many more are injured in physical confrontations. Social media has painted officers in a poor light, which has increased police...
Winthrop council backs Marshal’s Office reorganization plan

Winthrop council backs Marshal’s Office reorganization plan

Personnel issues, including a proposal to reduce the number of full-time Winthrop police officers from three to two, dominated the Town Council’s 2016 budget discussions at its meeting last week. A recommendation to shift priorities and responsibilities within the Winthrop Marshal’s Office, proposed by acting…
Winthrop decides against merger of police departments — for now

Winthrop decides against merger of police departments — for now

Winthrop and Twisp won’t be combining their law enforcement efforts in the near future, but the idea is likely to hang around as long as the two small towns have police departments. Some members of the Winthrop Town Council said as much last …
Winthrop to review proposal for merged police departments

Winthrop to review proposal for merged police departments

The Town of Twisp has developed a proposal for merging its police department with the Winthrop Marshal’s Office, an idea that the towns have contemplated in the past. Twisp’s proposal will be discussed at the Winthrop Town Council meeting on Wednesday (Oct. 21), which begins at 7 p.m. in the Hen House room of the Winthrop...
Marshal’s resignation leaves Winthrop looking for options

Marshal’s resignation leaves Winthrop looking for options

The resignation of Winthrop Marshal Rikki Schwab, which again leaves the town with only one law enforcement officer, is prompting another discussion about whether the Twisp and Winthrop police departments should merge their operations. Schwab, who became marshal in May 2014, confirmed at last week’s Town Council meeting that she is resigning effective Friday (July 24)....
Winthrop council discusses fireworks, fire protection

Winthrop council discusses fireworks, fire protection

Fireworks, fire protection and police coverage were among the topics discussed at the July 1 meeting of the Winthrop Town Council. During public comments, Winthrop Marketing Director Kristen Smith strongly …
‘Purple police car’ on the auction block

‘Purple police car’ on the auction block

In its own weird way, Winthrop’s “purple police car” has a place in the town’s history. If owning a bit of history — or what many consider a classic auto collector’s item — is appealing, the town is willing to sell it to you. The 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am 400 hardtop coupe — also known as the “DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)...
Former Winthrop deputy continues to raise questions about town policies, procedures

Former Winthrop deputy continues to raise questions about town policies, procedures

Former Winthrop Deputy Marshal Mark Harreus made another appearance before the Winthrop Town Council at its meeting last week, posing questions about the operation of the Marshal’s Office and other town policies and procedures.
Make sure your kids make smart decisions about drinking

Make sure your kids make smart decisions about drinking

By Rikki Schwab, Winthrop Town Marshal
They say to drink and be merry — after all, it is the holidays. However, drinking can lead to mistakes. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility reports that in 2012, in the state of Washington there were 146 fatalities involving alcohol — of those, 16 were under age 21.