Bainbridge Police Chief Horn resigns from post

  • Monday, November 18, 2019 4:59pm
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Interim Bainbridge Police Chief Jeff Horn has submitted his letter of resignation.

City officials announced Horn’s departure late Monday.

Horn tendered his resignation to City Manager Morgan Smith.

His last day of employment with the city will be Dec. 5.

“Chief Horn’s extra effort over the past year has helped to provide stability to the department and community during this period of leadership transition,” Smith said. “Having worked together for five years, I have a high regard for his positive attitude and commitment, and I wish him success in his next position.”

Smith immediately installed Deputy Chief Scott Weiss as acting police chief following Horn’s resignation.

Officials said Weiss will serve as interim chief until a replacement chief is hired.

Horn was hired as deputy chief in 2014 and was appointed to the interim police chief post in February, after former chief Matthew Hamner left Bainbridge to take a job as police chief in Banning, California.

Horn had previously told the Review he had interviewed for a job in Banning.

Bainbridge is set to host an open house Wednesday for the community to meet the three candidates for chief.

The finalists for chief are: Joseph “Joe” Clark, currently deputy police chief of the Norfolk Police Department in Norfolk, Virginia; Carl Nielsen, police chief for Centralia; and David “Dave” Westrick, the police chief of Hollister, California.

The reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at city hall.

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