Attorney General Bob Ferguson and WR President and CEO, Renée Sunde, were featured speakers last Friday at a Public Safety and Retail Theft Forum in Wenatchee.
Sunde and AG Ferguson both spoke about how increasing retail crimes affect public safety in our country, Washington state, and local communities. In response to the increase in these sophisticated crimes, he formed the Washington Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Task Force last year. The Governor has allocated the task force $2.265 million of the $3 million the AG had initially proposed. WR actively supports the task force efforts and commends the support from the AG and Governor’s offices.
The event provided an opportunity for many key local public figures and officials to meet before the doors opened for the attendees, including Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz, East Wenatchee Mayor Jerrilea Crawford, Chelan County Sheriff Mike Morrison, Chelan County Commissioner Shon Smith, and numerous chiefs of police in the area.
Over 90 attendees participated in the forum luncheon, sponsored by the Wenatchee Valley, Lake Chelan, and Leavenworth Chambers of Commerce and hosted in the Wenatchee Convention Center. The community was well-represented by a diverse group of local public figures, law enforcement, loss prevention officers, business owners, and employers.
AG Ferguson and Sunde will join in a similar presentation in Spokane on Friday, February 10. Registration is now open for the breakfast event.