Duncan retiring from BIPD

Retiring  Bainbridge Deputy Police Chief Mark Duncan is looking forward to more time with his family and more time kayaking.  - Brad Camp/Staff Photo
Retiring Bainbridge Deputy Police Chief Mark Duncan is looking forward to more time with his family and more time kayaking.
— image credit: Brad Camp/Staff Photo

Bainbridge Police Deputy Police Chief Mark Duncan is retiring after only two years with BIPD, but more than three decades in law enforcement.

Duncan, 51, said a mix of personal issues led to his decision to retire from the department earlier than he had expected. Tuesday will likely be his last day on duty. He is taking an extended vacation, and his retirement will be official later this fall.

Duncan sold his house in Port Orchard over the summer and has been splitting time between work on Bainbridge and a home near Cle Elum.

“As winter looms I really don’t want to be driving across that pass in the wind and snow,” he said.

Duncan plans to spend time with his wife and 2-year-old daughter and build a house.

Prior to his hiring as Bainbridge’s first deputy police chief in 2006, Duncan served with the Port Orchard Police Department for 23 years.

He also had experience with the Mount Vernon Police Department and served with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, often patrolling unincorporated Bainbridge in the early 1980s.

For the last two years, Duncan handled daily operations and community relations for BIPD, allowing Police Chief Matt Haney to focus on administration projects and planning.

He stepped in as acting police chief when Haney served as an interim city administrator last spring.

Among the successes of his time with BIPD, Duncan noted the interactive policing program he helped launch. It pairs police officers with island neighborhoods to strengthen communication between the department and community. He said the department has also had success in recruiting qualified and dedicated officers.

Haney said the department will miss the versatility and professionalism Duncan brought his position.

“It’s a big loss to the department,” Haney said. “Not because of what he does, but because of who he is.”

Haney said the city is advertising for a new deputy police chief; he hopes to have the position filled by Dec. 1.

“Two long months away,” he said.

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