Bainbridge Island to begin search for new police chief

The city of Bainbridge Island will begin the search for a new police chief.

City officials announced the commencement of the search Tuesday morning.

The position became vacant in February when Bainbridge Island Police Department Chief Matt Hamner resigned. Deputy Chief Jeff Horn was appointed as Interim Police Chief and, according to city officials, will continue to serve in that role until a replacement chief is hired.

At that time, Horn will reportedly resume his role as deputy chief for the department.

City officials expect to officially post the position in early August and hope to have the hiring process completed by the end of the year.

“I am extremely appreciative of the additional effort and commitment Chief Horn has shown during this period of transition,” said City Manager Morgan Smith. “His leadership within the department and his outreach to the broader community have both been significant during these past few months.”

The city will work with Strategic Government Resources to lead the nationwide search, which specializes in public sector executive recruitment.

“Our police department has built a strong level of community engagement over the past five years, and during that time also met a key organizational goal in achieving state accreditation,” Smith said. “We are seeking a candidate to help the department continue its emphasis on professionalism and community dialogue.

“The city is making significant investments in the department through the completion of the new police station and municipal court replacement project and increased department staffing,” she added. “Our hiring process for the next police chief will be another important milestone.”

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