I just read your coverage of Olympia’s May Day marches, which were quite peaceful and incurred no injuries or property damage. And once again, I felt thankful that Ronnie Roberts is Olympia’s chief of police.
I thought his department’s positive strategy for dealing with the demonstrators was perfect. I also want to applaud and thank the officers on the line, including those from neighboring municipalities, who assisted that day.
I’ve gotten to know Roberts through our work on the board of Community Youth Services and on the Downtown Rotary’s literacy committee, where in both settings he is simply “Ronnie” to all of us. He cares so deeply about our youth, especially our youngest and most vulnerable. Since coming to our city, he has promoted initiatives that strive to give every child a greater likelihood of a safe, healthy and productive life, which include helping them receive the skills they need to succeed before they even enter kindergarten.
I am especially impressed that every week he is a volunteer reader to young students at Madison Elementary. How many chiefs of police in our entire country do you think take the time to do that? Roberts takes the positive, long view. I believe that Roberts’ leadership is a blessing not only to Olympia, but to our entire surrounding community.