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Mayor: City ‘working diligently’ to hire police, dispatchers

Shortages are recruiting challenge, not budget problem

Bellingham City Council member Michael Lilliquist drives a police vehicle in a backing drill.
Bellingham City Council member Michael Lilliquist drives a police vehicle in a backing drill in May. Mayor Seth Fleetwood said staffing shortages in the city's police department are not due to a lack of budget, but difficulties recruiting employees. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Seth Fleetwood Guest Writer
Like so many organizations in our region and across the country, the city of Bellingham is experienc
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