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Bainbridge city manager asks for more money for interim public safety director

Bainbridge Island City Manager Doug Schulze is hoping to get the council's OK to spend another $55,000 to cover the costs of the city's interim public safety director.

The city brought Larry Dickerson, a former police chief from Lacey, on board in July to head the Bainbridge Island Police Department.

Last year, the council gave the green light for city officials to spend up to $112,000 on the temporary hire.

But with the costs of compensation and housing totaling $112,000 through the end of March, Schulze now needs the council's approval to keep Dickerson on the job through June 17.

The city recently hired Matthew Hamner as its new police chief, and the Indianapolis, Ind. resident is expected to start work on June 10.

To cover the costs of its interim public safety director until Hamner takes over, the council will consider granting Schulze further budgetary authority. An additional $55,000 has been requested for the remainder of Dickerson's services.

The council will discuss the matter at its meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8.

If approved, the expenses for the interim position will total $167,000 for time period of July 1, 2012 through June 17, 2013.

Dickerson stepped into the role of interim public safety director shortly after former police chief Jon Fehlman was absent from the department due to medical issues starting in May 2012.

Dickerson remained at the helm of the police station when Fehlman ultimately resigned in September.

As public safety director, Dickerson manages the police station and its officers, but is not an active officer.

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