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Battle Ground seeks applicants for new Parks & Community Engagement Advisory Board - 04/24/19

Battle Ground, WA   -   The City of Battle Ground is seeking applicants for its Parks and Community Engagement Advisory Board. The board makes recommendations to City Council regarding the development and operations of parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities, and the utilization of these resources for well-integrated and comprehensive programming.    

Board members will engage with the community to evaluate parks and recreation programs and objectives, to develop interest in activities, and to solicit participation.  The board will take part in the planning and coordination of community wide events. 

Formerly the Park Advisory Board, the Parks and Community Engagement Advisory Board adds an important community engagement aspect, designed to develop and encourage more recreational programming and community events in Battle Ground. 

Board members are volunteers appointed by the Mayor.  Six of the seven board members are residents, property owners or business owners within the city’s urban growth boundary and serve staggered terms of 3 years each.   A seventh position is reserved for a youth representative between the ages of 14 and 18 who resides in the city’s urban growth boundary or who attends school within the Battle Ground School District.  The term of the youth position is two years from September of the first year through June of the second year. 

The Parks & Community Engagement Advisory Board page ( features additional information and an application to serve on the board. 

FD3 Chief Sorenson, WSP Sgt Robley, Officer Michael, Chief Richardson
FD3 Chief Sorenson, WSP Sgt Robley, Officer Michael, Chief Richardson
Battle Ground Police Officers Awarded Life Saving Medals (Photo) - 04/12/19

Battle Ground, WA -     Police officers and other public safety personnel arrive to work not knowing exactly what their shifts might hold;  that is why they are so well trained and equipped.   Battle Ground Police Sgt. Josh Runnels, Officer Kyle Kinnan and Officer Ed Michael counted on their skills, training and equipment to save the lives of two men during their recent shifts.   They are recognized with the department's Life Saving Medal. 

October 2018

Sgt. Josh Runnels and Office Kyle Kinnan were on duty when they were dispatched to a medical assistance call.  Officer Kinnan was first to arrive on scene, finding a young man, 19 years of age, unresponsive and seemingly not breathing.  After assessing the situation, Officer Kinnan determined the need to administer Narcan, a lifesaving medication designed to block opiate receptors, to the patient.  He also administered chest compressions until Sgt. Runnels arrived and took over the hands-only CPR.  With the patient still unresponsive, Officer Kinnan administered a second dose of Narcan.   Fire District 3 emergency medical service personnel arrived, used an AED to find the patient had a pulse, and administered breathing assistance.  The patient regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital.  

Because of the their swift action, skilled observation and technical training, Sgt. Runnells and Officer Kinnan, helped save the life of this young man and were awarded the Battle Ground Police Department’s Life Saving Medal. 

February 2019

Battle Ground Police Officer Ed Michael received a call for AED assistance; reports indicated that a man had collapsed while jogging along SR 503.  As he arrived at the scene, Officer Michael found people gathered around the patient, one being off-duty Washington State Patrol Sergeant Stephen Robley, who was performing CPR.  The patient was unconscious, did not appear to be breathing and did not have a detectable pulse.  Officer Michael applied the pads from his department-issued AED onto the patient’s chest. The AED advised that a shock be administered.  Everyone cleared contact with the patient and Officer Michael administered the shock.  Sgt. Robley resumed CPR and the patient’s pulse was restored.  Fire District 3 emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and took over CPR efforts.  Officer Michael and Sgt. Robley continued to aid the patient by providing a report of care to the medical crew before patient was transported to the hospital.  That patient, Mr. William Maxwell, survived.  He appeared at the April 1 Battle Ground City Council meeting – just 6 weeks after the near-fatal medical incident - to thank Officer Michael and Sgt. Robley.   

Because of the their swift action, skilled observation and technical training, Officer Michael and Sgt. Robley, helped save William Maxwell’s life and were awarded their respective department’s Life Saving Medals and Fire District 3’s Life Saving Award. 

City Manager Erin Erdman
City Manager Erin Erdman
Erin Erdman named Battle Ground's City Manager (Photo) - 04/02/19

In a unanimous vote at their April 1 council meeting, the Battle Ground City Council took action to officially name Erin Erdman City Manager.   Ms. Erdman has served as Interim City Manager since October of last year. 

“The City Council is excited to officially have Ms. Erdman on board as our City Manager,” said Mayor Mike Dalesandro, “in her time as Interim City Manager, she has shown us she is a quality leader with an exceptional work ethic and clear understanding of community needs.”

Ms. Erdman has over 15 years of experience in municipal government.  In April of 2014 she was appointed as the City of Battle Ground’s Community Development Director.   Prior to her service in Battle Ground, Ms. Erdman worked for the City of Vancouver as Lead Associate Planner, Development Supervisor and Permit Center Manager.  Earlier in her career, she was an Assistant Planner/GIS Technician with the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments.  

She earned a Bachelor Degree in Geography, in which she specialized in Urban Planning, from Central Washington University.

The City Manager is appointed by City Council and, in accordance with the city’s adopted Council-Manager form of Government, serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the city, responsible for developing an annual budget for adoption by City Council and for prudent execution of City Council’s legislative priorities and goals through day-to-day management of city departments.

Attached Media Files: City Manager Erin Erdman
Battle Ground Police warn of scammers falsely identifying as BGPD Officers - 04/01/19

The Battle Ground Police Department is warning the public about phone scammers falsely identifying themselves as Battle Ground Police Officers.

The scammers place a phone call to a local resident claiming to be a Battle Ground Police Officer, even using the name of a real officer, to threaten arrest unless a payment is made immediately.  The calls and voicemails can be very convincing and may even appear to be from the police department on caller ID.  Even the call back number they leave on voicemail messages appears to go to the Battle Ground Police Department – but it doesn’t, it is a scam – fake and illegal.   

The Battle Ground Police Department never conducts this type of business over the phone nor will they ever ask for any kind of payment.  If you receive a call or voicemail like this, hang up and report it by calling 3-1-1 or in person at the Battle Ground Police Department.