A Resolution of the Homer City Council Affirming the City Manager’s Decision to Offer Additional Reward Money for Information Leading to the Arrest and Indictment of the Person or Persons Responsible for the Murder of Mark Matthews. City Manager.
CITY OF HOMER
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF HOMER CITY COUNCIL AFFIRMING THE CITY MANAGER’S DECISION TO OFFER ADDITIONAL REWARD MONEY FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST AND INDICTMENT OF THE PERSON OR PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MURDER OF MARK MATTHEWS.
WHEREAS, Mark Matthews was recently attacked and killed close to a footpath within the Homer city limits; and
WHEREAS, The person or persons responsible for the crime remain at large despite an intensive investigation and the best efforts of the Homer Police Department; and
WHEREAS, Crime Stoppers has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible; and
WHEREAS, The Homer Police Department has reason to believe that there are individuals who possess important information about this case who might be encouraged to come forward if the reward were increased; and
WHEREAS, The Chief of Police recommended to the City Manager that the City increase the reward to $10,000 given the seriousness of the case and the possible continuing threat to public safety; and
WHEREAS, The City Manager determined that there was a compelling public interest in solving this case and decided to add an additional $9,000 to the reward, and so notified the Council by e-mail; and
WHEREAS, The City Manager used unexpended funds from the 2013 Police Department budget and transferred them to a new “Crime Stoppers Account” that can be used for rewards related to this and future cases; an account that will be permanent and can accept new transfers from the Council and donations from the public and other entities; and
WHEREAS, The City Manager was acting under the authority provided in HCC 3.16.020.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Homer City Council hereby approves and affirms the City Manager’s decision to offer additional reward money for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Mark Matthews.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Council approves of establishing a “Crime Stoppers Account” as described herein and directs the Finance Department to formalize it and make it permanent.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of Homer, Alaska, this 13th day of January, 2014.
CITY OF HOMER
MARY E. WYTHE, MAYOR
JO JOHNSON, MMC, CITY CLERK
Fiscal Note: $9,000 to Crime Stoppers Account.