Bainbridge offers more money in contract to keep police chief on island

The city of Bainbridge Island is sweetening the pot in hopes to retain Matthew Hamner as its police chief.

The city council approved a new employment contract at its meeting last week, but the contract has since been revised following news that Hamner, who has been Bainbridge’s top cop for the last five years, is a finalist for the police chief job for the University of Colorado Police Department in Boulder, Colorado.

Last week’s contract included a base salary of $158,000.

The new employment agreement, however, includes an increase in base salary from $158,000 to $170,000.

Hamner’s base salary in his current employment agreement, which is set to expire June 10, is $144,192.

City Manager Doug Schulze announced the new contract in an email Monday that noted a special city council meeting Tuesday devoted to the topic.

The meeting, set to start at 5:30 p.m., has one agenda item for the council: “Consider authorizing City Manager to enter into employment agreement with Matthew Hamner, Police Chief.”

Schulze said in his email announcement of the meeting that the new employment agreement was based on discussions that he has had with Hamner over the past weekend.

Hamner took the helm of the Bainbridge Island Police Department in June 2013, coming to the island from Indianapolis, Indiana, where he spent 23 years in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, rising to the level of the chief’s executive officer by the time of his departure.

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