I read a recent article in which Maple Valley City Council candidate Jim Flynn states that during his tenure the number of police increased four-fold, from .5 officers per shift to 2 officers per shift. He made that statement to counter Bill Allison’s claim that the city did not add a single police officer during Mr. Flynn’s time on the Council, even though the population doubled.
Now I’m no math major, but the city had 10 police officers when they started, and they still have 10 police officers today. I’m concerned about Mr. Flynn’s “fuzzy math” and his reassurance that everything is just fine, despite our city’s crime rate doubling in the last year (up 101 percent according to King County Sheriffs Office). I don’t believe he is being honest with us, and I will be supporting his opponent Bill Allison instead. I’d like to encourage everyone reading this to do the same.