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City Council Approves New Hires for Waterfront Enforcement

Post Date:07/03/2017 10:47 PM
At the regular meeting of the Sausalito City Council on Tuesday, June 20, the Council approved a plan to hire two new employees for the Sausalito Police Department: a part-time Marine Patrol Officer and a part-time Harbor Assistant. Both employees will work approximately twenty hours per week.

The hiring of the new employees is part of a broader management plan for the Sausalito waterfront that was presented at the Council meeting by Lt. Bill Fraass. The plan has the following priorities:
  • Remove marine debris vessels from Sausalito waters
  • Remove unoccupied vessels used as storage
  • Issue citations to unregistered vessels and remove vessels from Sausalito waters when registration is expired by more than one year
  • Address the issue of individuals living on vessels who are a danger to themselves or others due to their lack of nautical skill, the condition of their vessel, or the state of their mental or physical health; work with other agencies and groups to assist in getting these individuals and their vessels off the water
The part-time Marine Patrol Officer will patrol a regular beat via boat and enforce the laws, codes, and ordinances that apply to the Sausalito waterfront and anchorage. The part-time Harbor Assistant is a civilian employee who will assist the Marine Patrol Officer, write reports, manage grant applications, and track vessels entering and leaving Sausalito waters.

Funding for the two positions will come from the Tidelands Fund, which generates revenues from City waterfront properties like the Sausalito Yacht Club and the Spinnaker Restaurant, and via savings that the City will realize by withdrawing from the Richardson's Bay Regional Agency.

For more information about the management plan for the Sausalito waterfront, please contact Lt. Bill Fraass at (415) 289-4170 or bfraass@sausalito.gov.
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