Longview City Info Weekly

Kristina Swanson joins City of Longview

The City of Longview is pleased to announce that Kristina (Kris) Swanson will be joining the executive team as Director of Administrative Services, beginning March 1, 2020. Kris brings over 28 years of public service experience and has a strong track record of collaborative leadership, innovation and leading initiatives that improve government services.

In 1991, Kris began her career in public service managing the elections division in the Cowlitz County Auditor’s Office. She was then elected to five terms as County Auditor, serving from 1999-2017. As County Auditor, Kris was tasked with overseeing elections, document recording, marriage and vehicle licensing, and financial accounting services. In 2013, she was awarded “Auditor of the Year” by Secretary of State, Kim Wyman and received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service from the Washington State Association of County Auditors in 2015.

In November 2017, Kris joined the executive team at the Office of the Washington State Auditor in Olympia to serve as the Director of Operations, leading the state agency’s administrative functions. Kris also served as the Director of the Center for Government Innovation, a non-audit division of the State Auditor’s Office, dedicated to assisting local governments in improving their service delivery and to be more cost effective and efficient governments.

“I am extremely pleased to announce Kris Swanson as the City of Longview’s Administrative Services Director”, says City Manager Kurt Sacha. “As Administrative Services Director, Kris will assume a dual role and oversee the Finance and Information Technology Departments. Given her longstanding career in public service as the Cowlitz County Auditor and as Director of Operations for the Washington State Auditor’s Office, Kris brings a wealth of knowledge and 20-20 experience to local government. She has proven herself as a highly praised leader in the community and I look forward to working with Kris in her new role.”

Kris and her husband, Eric, live in Castle Rock with their two sons, Camden and Zachary. She enjoys running and spends most of her free time watching her sons play sports and her husband coach high school basketball.


Week 2 and 3 Fire It Up! Winners

Congratulations to our winners for Week 2 and 3 of Fire It Up! 2020: Michael T., Joan P., Lisa S., Angela S., Brent B., Brooklen C., Christine K., and Pam J. They all won prizes for reading and so can you! Magazines, graphic novels, and audiobooks also count towards the weekly and grand prize drawings, so stop by the Longview Library to fill out an entry form today!

Longview Public Library invites adults 18 and older to read for prizes January 20 through February 28, 2020 for our adult winter reading program: Fire It Up! Not only are there weekly prize winners, but you can even win a spectacular grand prize- a Kindle Fire HD. But wait, there’s more! You can also use your completed entry forms to pay off overdue/restocking fines at the Longview Public Library! That’s right! Longview Library patrons can read or listen to a book, fill out an entry form for Fire it Up!, bring it to the MAIN DESK at the Longview Library, and reduce your overdue/restocking fine by up to $5.00 per book read (magazines don’t count towards reducing fines).

This program has been made possible by generous donations from the Longview Library Foundation. Thank you for your continued support.

For more information, contact your local library – Longview, 360-442-5300; Kelso, 360-423- 8110; Kalama, 360-673-4568; Castle Rock, 360-274-6961, Woodland 360-225-2115.


Free Movie Night with Popcorn at the Library!

Longview Public Library is very excited to welcome everyone back to Family Movies at the Library! Join in the fun every 4th Tuesday of the month for Tuesday Movie Night. The next big feature will be shown in the Longview Library Auditorium February 25 at 6:00 p.m.

We can’t tell you the name of the movie, but if you like things cold and want to “let it go” again, then this is for you! Check the Library website (longviewlibrary.org) or Facebook page for more details. Did someone say delicious popcorn? We will have that, too!

Space is limited and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult and cannot be left unattended.

Auditorium doors will open at 5:45 p.m. and the movie will start at 6:00 p.m. Bring your friends and family and have a fun time at the Longview Public Library.

The Friends of the Longview Library sponsor this program. For more information, contact Elizabeth Partridge at 360.442.5321 or Daniel Tate at 360.442.5307, or log on to www.longviewlibrary.org.


NW Voices Presents Photographer Hans Schaufus

Come join us for our next NW Voices event on Wednesday, February 19 featuring local photographer and author Hans Schaufus. The author will present a workshop from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at LCC in Health Science 104 and a presentation at the Longview Public Library beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Hans Schaufus was born in Baltimore in 1940. In the midst of the Cold War, he was called back to active duty during the Berlin Crisis. Although his unit was never sent to Berlin, the curiosity of seeing the city was too great to ignore. Not wanting to go to Germany as a tourist, decided to live and work there between 1962 and 1964. Hans was fortunate to have had an uncle who was a professional press photographer and under his tutelage learned the rudiments of composition, angles, light and darkroom printing. During his time in Germany, he visited East Berlin several times unaware that he would one day return to East Germany and document the changeover from the communist era to today's modern landscape. This happened upon his retirement from the Longview Public Library, when he had the time to embark on a more serious photographic undertaking from 2006 until 2014, resulting in a book published in 2015 entitled, Am Ende der Strasse links: Eine Reise durch die ehemalige DDR (At the End of the Street on the Left: A Trip Through the former GDR).

All events are free and open to the public. Northwest Voices is funded by the Longview Public Library and Lower Columbia College, Friends of the Longview Library, Longview Library Foundation, and the LCC Foundation.


City of Longview Recruitment Announcements

  • Lead Engineering Specialist: $59,436 - $76,236 annually. Open until March 3 at 6:00 pm.
  • Firefighter (entry-level & lateral): $66,188.33 - $88,251.10 annually. Open until February 27 at 6:00 pm. 
  • Paramedic Firefighter (entry-level & lateral): $75,013.32 - $97,076.16 annually. Open until February 27 at 6:00 pm.
  • Police Officer (Entry Level & Lateral): $68,808 - $89,028 annually. Continuous recruitment.
  • Recreation Leader (Assistant): $12.00 - $14.76 hourly. Seasonal and/or part-time position. Continuous recruitment.
  • Recreation Site Leader: $12.37 - $15.22 hourly. Seasonal and/or part-time position. Continuous recruitment.
  • Transit Operator: $39,852 - 54,228 annually. Open until filled.
  • Fire Intern: $300 monthly. Seasonal. Continuous recruitment.

Visit www.mylongview.com to read more about the open positions and to apply.


Applications being accepted for Salary Commission

The City of Longview is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Salary Commission. The Salary Commission reviews and makes recommendations to the city council on salaries of Longview's elected officials.

Members of the Commission receive no compensation for their services and all applicants must be Longview residents (must live within the City limits). Applications are completed online at https://www.mylongview.com/506/Boards-Commissions and must be submitted by Thursday, February 13, 2020.

For more information please contact the Executive Office at 360.442.5004 or the City Clerk at 360.442.5041.


Car Seat Clinic

Safe Kids Lower Columbia is partnering with Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue for a Car Seat Clinic on Saturday, February, 15 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 701 Vine Street in Kelso. Come get help with your car seat by a certified car seat technician! For questions or more information, please contact Brandi Ballinger with Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue at 360.575-6280 or brandi.ballinger @c2fr.org

  • $10 dollars for a new seat
  • You must be a Cowlitz or Wahkiakum County resident to get a new seat.
  • You can be from ANY county to get your seat checked.
  • First come, first served!
  • Learn about the new car seat laws effective January 1, 2020.


February Koth Gallery Show at Longview Public Library

The Koth Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library will be hosting the Lower Columbia College Art & Design 2020 Student Showcase featuring drawing, ceramics, graphic design, painting, and photography. The showcase will run from February 3 through February 28. LCC students and staff will also host a reception for this show on February 25, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Koth Gallery.

Contact Daniel at Longview Public Library at 360.442.5307 for more information about the Koth Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library.


Father Daughter Ball - Imaginarium

February 21, 7:00 p.m.
February 22, 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
McClelland Center

Let your imagination soar and make special memories this year at our 25th annual signature event! This event includes special surprises, yummy refreshments, lively dance music from Twin City DJ and a treasured take home gift. A professional photographer will start taking pictures 30 minutes prior to each session's start time. (Not included in event fee).

*Pre-registration is required, no tickets sold at the door. No refunds or transfers for this event and cost is per person.


Teen Tuesday at the Longview Library

Teen Tuesdays are free activities for middle and high school youth, every Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., January 21 - March 24, at the Longview Library. All events are free--snacks and supplies included. No sign up or library card required. For more information, call 360.442.5300.

-February 25: Tuesday Movie Night (TBD--open to all ages)
-March 3: Bad Art Night
-March 10: Game Night
-March 24: Movie (TBD--open to all ages)


RiverCities Transit Offers Free Bus Pass to Youth

RiverCities Transit is excited to announce the launch of a three-year pilot program to give those aged 6 - 18 a free Annual Youth Bus Pass. The Cowlitz Transit Authority Board established this program in an effort to encourage youth to try transit by eliminating the fare. Making transit accessible to students may encourage their future ridership and use of alternative forms of transportation to destinations such as afterschool programs and activities.

Before receiving a free Annual Youth Bus Pass, the participant, along with their parent or guardian, must complete and return a Bus Pass Consent Form to the Longview Transit Center. The consent form is required annually and is available at the Transit Center or on the fixed route “Fares and Passes” page of the RiverCities Transit website www.rctransit.org. A bus pass or fare must be presented to the Operator prior to riding the bus. This program is only available on fixed-route; it is not available for RiverCities LIFT.