February 4 will henceforth be recognized as Dr. Jim Parker Day in Mount Shasta. The City Council passed a proclamation Monday evening recognizing Parker, who founded the Mount Shasta July 4th Walk/Run and has “beautified, enhanced and transformed both the physical and spiritual aspect of the city.”

February 4 will henceforth be recognized as Dr. Jim Parker Day in Mount Shasta. The City Council passed a proclamation Monday evening recognizing Parker, who founded the Mount Shasta July 4th Walk/Run and has “beautified, enhanced and transformed both the physical and spiritual aspect of the city.”

Mayor Tom Moore presented Parker with the framed proclamation and thanked him for all he’s done for the city.

Also at the July 8 meeting, Moore and councilors Geoff Harkness, Tim Stearns, Michael Burns and Jeffrey Collings unanimously reauthorized a lieutenant position for the police department as well as a temporary part-time reserve patrol officer to be utilized while the department operates with two less officers.

Mount Shasta Police Chief Parish Cross said Joe Restine was promoted Tuesday morning from sergeant to lieutenant.

This reorganization will allow for “clearer distinction of the chain of command” and will “enhance our ability to hold officers and citizens accountable in terms of internal affairs investigations,” Cross said. “The lieutenant position will now provide for an internal affairs investigation process that can provide all the steps necessary to ensure police officer rights if discipline is imposed.”

Cross also hopes having a chief, a lieutenant and a sergeant will improve “upward and downward” communication within the department.

Restine’s promotion will have no effect on the current budget, Cross said, because the difference in the salaries of a senior sergeant and a new lieutenant is minimal.

The reserve officer will be paid $19.50 an hour – considerably less than what the city would need to pay for overtime, Cross said. Because of the budget crunch, the department is currently operating with two less officers, which is a “22 percent shortage.”

In addition to two frozen officer positions, a third officer will most likely be out due to a medical issue for the next three to four weeks, Cross said, bringing the department’s staffing down to a “dangerous level.”

Dr. Jim Parker Day

February 4 was picked as the day to honor Parker because it’s his birthday, said Moore.

Last year, Parker stepped down as the July 4 race director and retired from his family practice after announcing he has a virulent form of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

According to the proclamation, since moving to Mount Shasta in 1979, Parker’s actions have “changed the face of the community.”

It mentions Parker combining his passion with his profession to improve the health of the community; establishing Mountain Runners; founding the July 4 Run/Walk; establishing the annual Over the Hill race at Mt. Shasta Ski Park; being one of the first physicians in siskiyou County to treat HIV and AIDS patients; founding the Volunteer Health Clinic, which utilized the “pay it forward” method of payment; and enhancing the beauty of the downtown area.

“I urge all of the citizens of the City of Mount Shasta to join me on that day each year in recognizing the legacy of Dr. James Parker and committing to follow his example of volunteerism to keep improving our city and the lives of all of us who live, work or play here,” Moore said.

Other business

In other business, the council:

• Selected mayor Tom Moore and councilor Geoff Harkness to serve on an ad hoc committee to meet with representatives of the Dunsmuir City Council to discuss cooperation and cost sharing.

• Approved the city’s investment policy

• Authorized the submittal of a used oil payment program application by the county on behalf of the city.

Next meeting

The council will meet for their next regular meeting on Monday, July 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Shasta Community Building, 629 Alder Street.