LYNNWOOD, Wash., December 20, 2021 – Lynnwood residents came out in the rain and cold to see Santa as he joined the Lynnwood Police Department (LPD) for its Operation: North Pole Patrol on Friday, December 17.

The Lynnwood PD Operation: North Pole Patrol was inspired by a similar concept from the Everett Fire Department.  Joanna Smalls, Public Affairs and Communications Manager for the Lynnwood Police Department, got buy-in from former Police Chief Jim Davis last year and made arrangements with Santa and asked officers to volunteer to be part of the procession around the city. Police Chief Jim Nelson, continued with this new tradition this year!

Not only were Santa and the elves giving out holiday treat bags to kids and providing opportunities for pictures with Commander Claus himself, this is also a food drive to benefit The Lynnwood Food Bank. This year, a truckful of food was collected.

The Lynnwood Police would like to thank the many residents who participated this year and they ho, ho, hope to see all of you and more again this year!

Mario Lotmore

Mario Lotmore is originally from The Bahamas and for the last seven years has called Mukilteo, WA his home. Having lived in every region of the United States has exposed him to various cultures, people, and approaches to life. Lotmore created the Lynnwood Times to represent the character of a diverse and growing Lynnwood. The launching of the city’s community newspaper will only help bring neighborhoods together. Lotmore was an industrial engineer by trade and proven success implementing and managing lean accountable processes and policies within his eighteen years of operations excellence, strategic development, and project management in the aerospace, manufacturing, and banking industries. Over his career he has saved and created hundreds of union and non-union jobs. Lotmore is the President of a Homeowner Association, an active Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics volunteer in his community, and former Boeing 747 Diversity Council leader. Mario’s talent is finding “that recipe” of shared destiny to effectively improve the quality of life for others.

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