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Council wants larger law enforcement presence

The Swinomish police department will not bid for providing law enforcement to the Town of La Conner in 2022, Mayor Ramon Hayes told council members at their Sept. 28 budget hearing on law enforcement. Hayes told a full room in Lower Maple Hall that he and Town Administrator Scott Thomas met with Steve Edwards, chair of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Senate and Swinomish police Chief Earl Cowan earlier that afternoon.

“We came to the conclusion that this year there is not time to do a transition. There is no time,” Thomas reported. “That came from them, not us,” Hayes emphasized. Later h...


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