Willmar is run by a mayor and council that oversees a $13.2 million budget. Moodys city bond rating is an A. The City Councils Planning Commission approves all industrial plans to fit the comprehensive land use plan. The city also operates a recycling program.
The city enjoys a lower per capita crime rate than Minnesotas average, thanks in large part to many community-based crime prevention programs such as Crime Free Multi-housing, P.O.W., DARE, and Neighborhood Watch. Since 1995, our police department reports a 29 percent decrease in overall reported crime; 36 percent drop in serious crimes. Violent crimes are much lower than the national average 266 per 100,000 versus 716 elsewhere and juvenile crime is rarer here than in other Minnesota towns. Part of the credit goes to a police and sheriff department that staffs a total of 89 officers on a full-time basis.
The fire department, too, puts its best foot forward with three full-time professionals and 45 volunteers.
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