* The State Auditor’s Office (SAO) has given the city a clean audit for the fiscal year 2019. SAO presented its annual report on the city’s financial statements and bookkeeping protocols at the Feb. 16 city council meeting. The final report will be posted on the SAO website (https://sao.wa.gov/) in approximately two weeks.
* Thrift Shop donation drop-offs at the city’s community center will be put on hold through March 13 and will resume on March 20, according to City Manager Jessi Bon, who gave her regular report at the Feb. 16 city council meeting. She added that a staff person resigned and they’ve been reevaluating their operations, but have more than enough items stockpiled for Thrift Shop operations. The shop will remain open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays only.
* An anonymous community member donated $2,000 to the city’s Marine Patrol and Dive Team programs, Bon reported.
* After 30 years of service to the Mercer Island Police Department, Sgt. Brian Noel is retiring at the end of February. He was named officer of the year and supervisor of the year several times.