New Deer Park mayor ready to get started

New Deer Park Mayor Tim Verzal
Staff Writer

In 2013, Tim Verzal tested the Deer Park political waters by running for a city council seat. His first-time effort resulted in a convincing win over Lucy Harmon in a council seat being vacated by Ella Harper.
Now four years later, Verzal is about to take over the city's top political office.
Verzal, a Wisconsin native who moved to Deer Park in November 1986, defeated incumbent Mayor Robert Whisman handily in the November general election. His 670-447 margin of victory surprised both Verzal and Whisman.
A self-proclaimed fiscal conservative, Verzal's top priority is to continue development of the industrial park by the Deer Park Airport, a project started by Whisman a couple of years ago.
He thinks the park’s development will help spark a cash flow the fund some of the city’s other budgetary items, including a new law enforcement contract since the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department’s latest proposal will make it financially unfeasible to continue under the present system.
During his campaign Verzal said he wanted to see greater diversity in the city’s business sector along with more health care entities, including a full-time emergency care facility, in the city.
For the rest of the story, see the Jan. 3 issue of the Deer Park Tribune