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UPDATE | Interim head of Bainbridge police department has worked for towns from Tenino to Wasilla
A veteran of the interim police chief range-riding circuit has been brought in to serve as acting police chief for the city of Bainbridge Island.
Larry Dickerson will take over next week as interim public safety director.
Earlier this year, Dickerson served as the interim chief in Tenino, and before that, the city of Mountlake Terrace.
Dickerson retired from his post as police chief in Lacey in March 2005.
After retiring, he served as an interim chief in roughly a half dozen cities before taking the interim job of police chief in Wasilla, Alaska. For that job, he was hired through the Issaquah-based headhunting firm of the Prothman Company.
Prothman has assisted Bainbridge Island in the past on finding interim managers.
Interim City Manager Morgan Smith made the announcement of Dickerson's hiring in a memo to police department employees on Friday, July 6. She said she had made the appointment in light of Police Chief Jon Fehlman's continued absence from the police department.
Fehlman has been away from his job as police chief since mid-May, when he was hospitalized for pancreatitis. He has also undergone two surgeries for a heart anomaly.
Smith could not be reached for comment early Thursday.
In her memo to employees in the police department, Smith said she was aware that the department had faces "some stressful events" in the past few months.
"In particular, I am aware that Chief Fehlman’s extended absence has placed extra demands on the department," Smith wrote. "I am extremely grateful to Commander [Sue] Shultz for her management over the past few weeks, and her willingness to take on additional responsibilities is much appreciated. That appreciation extends to each of you, as I know there are ripple effects that require the entire department to step forward and respond."
Smith said Dickerson has previously served as an interim chief in several cities.
"He brings extensive experience and a set of skills that I expect will be of value to us as we address our current issues," Smith added.
She also said Dickerson would not be serving as a commissioned police officer but will have supervisory responsibilities and execute the duties of acting police chief.