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Fri, Jul 19


Tapatio Mexican Grill

July 19th Chamber Luncheon

Online registration is closed. You are welcome to attend the event and pay at the door.
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July 19th Chamber Luncheon
July 19th Chamber Luncheon

Time & Location

Jul 19, 2024, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Pkwy SE Ste 1, Newcastle, WA 98059


About the event

Speakers: Scott Pingel, Newcastle City Manager and Steve Kajihiro, Newcastle Chief of Police 

Topic: State of the City and Keeping Businesses Safe

Cost: Chamber Member & First-time Guest: $25, Non-Member: $30. Price includes lunch and choice of soft drink or ice tea. 

Deadline: Please register by July 18, 2024 so that we plan for enough seats.

About our speakers 

Scott Pingel | Newcastle City Manager

Prior to becoming the City Manager of Newcastle, Scott's city management experience extended to Fircrest, Washington (2017 to 2022), Dayton, Oregon (2013 to 2017), and to Stanfield, Oregon (2010 to 2013). His career in city management offices began in 2007 when he worked as an intern for the nearby city of Federal Way, Washington. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University in 2005, and he earned his Master’s in Public Administration from West Virginia University in 2007. As a student at Brigham Young, he met his wife, Lindsey, while they were both Sports Camps counselors. They’ve been married for 20 years and have five children together.

Steve Kajihiro | Newcastle Chief of Police 

Steve Kajihiro started his law enforcement career in 1991 as an officer with the Honolulu Police Department. He served seven years with HPD, working in the Narcotics/Vice Division and uniform patrol. In 1998, he was hired by the King County Sheriff’s Office and was assigned to patrol in Southeast King County. He was assigned to the City of Newcastle in 1999, where he worked for 18 years. In 2018, Chief Kajihiro  was promoted and assigned to the City of Burien as a patrol sergeant. In 2019, he was selected to be the Sergeant of the Burien Crime Reduction Unit. In this assignment, he supervised a proactive, innovative policing team with a “lead with services” approach. The BCRU unit works with city departments, businesses, social services, and the community to help prevent and solve crime. Chief Kajihiro's unit was assigned the first Co-Responder Unit in the King County Sheriff’s Office. The Co-Responder Unit includes a mental health professional riding with a deputy; some of their duties include responding to mental health-related issues and homeless outreach. Chief Kajihiro is a board member for the King County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain’s Association, a member of the KCSO Peer Support Team and the KCSO Recruiting Team, and he serves on the Deputy Oral Board panel. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a focus on interpersonal communication. Chief Kajihiro also obtained a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Liberty University. Additionally, he has successfully completed the King County Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training. Some of his law enforcement training includes the FBI-LEEDA Command, 21st Century Leadership, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Steve was born and raised in Hawaii. He has two children and a dog name Wick. During his free time, he enjoys travelling, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends.

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