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Page A-2 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, May 8, 2014 Public memorial planned for Billy Frank Jr. STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com A public memorial service for Billy Frank Jr., former chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commis- sion is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday at the Little Creek Casino Resort Skoo- kum Creek Event Center. Frank, a member of the Nisqually Indian Tribe, died Monday at age 83. The treaty rights advocate played a pivotal role in the Boldt decision, which re-affirmed the tribal right to half of the harvestable salmon run in Wash- ington. He was arrested dozens of times in the 1960s and 1970s during demon- strations or "fish-ins." "Billy was a spokesman for all In- dian people and he charted a course for all of us to follow," said Michael Gra- yum, commission executive director, in a prepared statement. "We will miss him greatly." Frank received numerous awards during his life, including the Common Cause Award in 1985, the American Indian Distinguished Service Award in 1989 and the Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award in 1990. In February, Gov: Jay Inslee spoke about the significance of the Boldt de- cision during the "Boldt 40" event at Little Creek Casino Resort. Frank, who was in attendance, received a blanket. City of Shelton begins hunt for new police chief By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty, com The city of Shelton has retained a private consultant to recruit a po- lice chief to take over for Chief David Eklund, who will retire May 15. Shelton staff members created a profile for its new chief based on the suggestions from city residents, police officers, the Shelton City Commission and city administration. "There's no commonalities," City Administrator Dave O'Leary said. "You get different perspectives." The city is working with Issaquah -based recruiter The Prothman Com- pany to find a new chief. O'Leary said Eklund he hopes the city will hire someone for the position by August or September. The city previ- ously used The Pro- thman-Company to recruit staff when it hired Greg Clark as its public works di- rector last year. Using a consultant has several advantages over city workers trying to recruit a police chief themselves, O'Leary said. "The first benefit is just getting to reach a broader set of candidates," he said. "This is what he does." Earlymammogram can save your life. The American Cancer Society guidelines recommend that women 40 and older get annual screening mammograms - which can save lives. The early stages of the hiring pro- cess have also given the city a chance to review the chiefs job description. "It also gives you a chance to talk to people about what they want in a chief of police," O'Leary said. "We have done quite a lot of work inter- nally." In an April 17 letter to the Shelton City Commission, Greg Prothman, president of the company, outlined what he would do to help the city in- terview candidates and hire a police chief. After advertising the position through print and Internet-based ads, sending recruitment brochures to qualified police officers and con- tacting select candidates by phone, Prothman will review the applica- tions and narrow the field to eight to 15 candidates. He will then work with the city to identify four to six top candidates. Prothman will then set up inter- views with city staff and will help ne- gotiate empl6yment agreements with the final candidate. The first step, O'Leary said, was to create a profile of a perfect candidate based on suggestions from stakehold- ers. In addition to comments from police officers and city staff, O'Leary also used suggestions from members of the city's poverty task force, which he said represented a good "cross-sec- tion of the community." "We've gone into the next phase which is to start the recruitment," he said. O'Leary noted Prothman's work is guaranteed. If the city doesn't se- lect a candidate, or if the selected candidate is fired in the first year, Prothman will do a second search for free. "He doesn't have to do second searches very often," O'Leary said. "It's so important that we get this right." O'Leary said he is most interested in a candidate who will work well with other city department heads. "I want somebody who has a vision of where they can take the police de- partment," he said. "The first thing on my list, and I think this is really important, is integrity." Lt. Les Watson of the Shelton Po- lice Department will take over as interim chief after Eklund's last day May 15. Studies report that early detection is the best defense against breast cancer as breast cancer affects all women - of all ages and backgrounds. Most women with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease. ': If you do not have health insurance to cover a screening mammogram, our Patient Navigator can assist you. Call Karry Trout at (360) 432-7706, or email her at ktrout@ rnasongeneral.com. To schedule an appointment for a digital mammogram, call the Diagnostic imaging Department at Mason General Hospital at (360) 427-9590. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Mason GeneralHospital 901 MountainViewDrive, PO Box 1668,Shelton, WA98584. Shelton (360) 426-1611, from Allyn (360) 275-8614, Toll free (855) 880-3201 www.MasonGeneral.com Equal Opportunity Provider. Translation Services Provided / Se habla espafiol Approved by the Joint Commission Healthcare's Most Wired Hospital for six consecutive years!