Bills for Bainbridge police consultant surpass $10K

The Kingston consultant hired to review the city of Bainbridge Island Police Department has already devoted more than 60 hours to the assessment.

The city council gave City Manager Doug Schulze the green light to sign a contract with Pendleton Consulting earlier this year. The contract with the company, headed by Michael Pendleton, a former police officer and professor at the University of Washington, called for an in-depth organizational assessment of the department.

Pendleton has since spent more than 60 hours on his review.

He has billed the city for $10,236 through March and April, and has not yet invoiced the city for any work completed this month.

The council authorized up to $12,000 for the work. At their last meeting, council members voted to amend the 2013 budget so the assessment could be funded by tapping the city’s contingency reserve.

Pendleton started work on his review in early March, with a nearly three-hour assessment interview with a city council member, followed by a meeting with Interim Public Safety Director Larry Dickerson.

The consultant also reviewed material that covered citizen complaints, according to the invoices he submitted to the city, and began interviews with police officers and members of the community in late March.

Most of Pendleton’s work in April revolved around interviews with Bainbridge police officers.

Pendleton billed the city for 36.5 hours in April, and spent most of that time talking with police, with the exception of travel time,

a meeting with the city manager, and an interview with a former police official at Pendleton’s Kingston office. He also attended a town hall that was hosted by the police department on April 11.

The consultant has provided expert advice to cities across Washington state on police department issues, including Chehalis, Federal Way, Gig Harbor, Kelso, Kenmore, Longview, Monroe, Olympia, Spokane and Sumner.

Pendleton did not respond to repeated calls for comment.










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