ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Jim_3_smaller.jpgJim has worked hard for Olympia, along with many great partners, to achieve the following successes with his city council colleagues, and Olympia's world class staff:

  • Creating a landmark regional plan to deal with the climate emergency and working towards implementation. 
  • Creating the Olympia Home fund, to build permanent supportive housing for our most vulnerable neighbors. We also established a new line of business at the city and hired a homeless coordinator to better serve our houseless residents.
  • Starting the new Regional Housing Council, a partnership with Lacey, Tumwater, Thurston County and Yelm.
  • Establishing the Crisis Response Unit and Familiar Faces as permanent programs to reduce the need for police response and better meet people's immediate needs without taxing the criminal justice system.
  • Created equity focused positions at city and working with broader community to establish an equity and justice commission while taking a deep dive into criminal justice to look at reimagining public safety.
  • Swiftly moving to declare an emergency when the pandemic hit and moving to reduce costs while providing funding for families and small businesses in the greatest need. Olympia planned for this economic downturn by establishing a new budget stabilization reserve, which will allow us to weather the pandemic without reducing critical city services.
  • Olympia becoming the first city in Washington to pay a stipend to all advisory committee and commission members. 
  • Passed housing options to work on density in neighborhoods- good for the planet and good for the people. More equitable. This established Olympia as a leader in infill policy and helped to put on track to bring housing equity across the city through the establishment of smaller units such as Accessory Dwelling Units, on residential lots. All new housing helps us get the rising costs under control. The Council is now working on incentives to get guaranteed affordable units out of our new housing stock.
  • Swiftly establishing Olympia as one of the first sanctuary cities and working to improve policies to make them more equitable from our immigrant community.
  • Established gender neutral restrooms in city facilities. 
  • Established Downtown Ambassadors and Clean Team and made them permanent city services.
  • Creating and expanding Olympia’s Community Court as a new problem-solving court within the municipal court. This court is a therapeutic court recognized as one of four mentoring courts in the nation. 
  • Establishing the City's first Climate Coordinator position. Setting ambitions regional emissions reduction goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 45 percent below 2015 levels by 2030, and then 85 percent below 2015 levels by 2050. Working with Thurston County, Lacey, and Tumwater to create regional climate plan to meet those goals.
  • Creating a common-sense sea-level rise plan to better protect our downtown core from climate change.
  • Replacing all city streetlights with high efficiency LED's, saving money and helping the earth. M_T_smaller.jpg
  • Jim is the inaugural President of Olympia Metropolitan Parks District (OMPD). He played an instrumental role in the proposition and approval of the OMPD ensuring sustainable funding for maintenance, operations and acquisition of municipal parks system for future generations. This landmark 60% approval rating by the voters has set Olympia’s parks on a sustainable path for generations to come. Because of the MPD, Jim’s daughter Maggie and the rest of her generation, their kids, and grandkids are ensured to have green places to play and experience nature. Because of the MPD, we SAVED LBA WOODS!
  • For nine years Jim has worked towards a more sustainable budget for the City of Olympia through efficiencies, cuts, new revenue and closing tax loopholes. As the Chair of Olympia’s Finance Committee it is Jim’s job to keep a watchful eye on government spending and make sure to provide transparent stewardship as voters expect with their tax dollars.
  • In the recent update of Olympia’s Shoreline Master Plan Jim worked to preserve and protect large amounts of shoreline open space and natural habitat while providing predictability to property owners. This balanced approach works to provide harmony at the interface between our built and the natural environments.
  • Setting up an endowment to secure funds for meeting Olympia's long term care obligations for its retired LEOFF1 Firefighters and Police Officers is one of Jim’s proudest accomplishments. As the son and grandson of retired fire fighters Jim fought hard to save money on health expenses for LEOFF1 retirees (without compromising quality of care) and protect those funds permanently so the city can access them when needed without financial burden.