State of the City Address discusses importance of safety

WILLISTON, N.D. - At the State of the City Address held in Williston this afternoon, many topics were touched upon, but perhaps one of the most important dealt with the safety of people living in the area.

In less than a week, two shootings, and investigation into a death that was a result of a bar incident occurred within city limits. Because of this chain of events, some community members say they fear Williston is not the same town they remember it being.

These concerns were addressed at the event. Police, Fire and Ambulance Commissioner Tate Cymbaluk and Mayor Howard Klug reassured the public.

Commissioner Cymbaluk said having more than 70 officers on staff allows them to take a proactive approach in law enforcement, which is positively changing the dynamics of the city.

Mayor Klug mentioned that despite the recent events, the Police Department is larger and stronger than ever.

He stated, "We're going to make sure this town is safe for each and every one of you. We have the best staff, we have resources outside of our own city Police Department. That extends all the way to the FBI. We’ll take care of what’s going on.”

A new 911 center, and full department consisting only of dispatchers is in the works to keep up with demand.