Officer Jon Ledbetter became the third new hire for the Bainbridge Island Police Department since July.
Ledbetter, along with Officer Jon Bingham and Deputy Chief Jeff Horn, were administered their Oath of Office by Police Chief Matthew Hamner at Monday’s Bainbridge City Council meeting.
“I’m very proud of these hires,” Hamner told the City Council crowd, which included the officers’ families and other BIPD officers.
Ledbetter, who started Aug. 18, worked the last three years for the Naples Police Department in Naples, Florida. He attended Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology.
While seeing family in Seattle, Ledbetter also visited Bainbridge Island and soon realized where he wanted to make his new home with his girlfriend and his dog.
“I fell in love with the island the moment I got off the ferry and could smell the trees,” Ledbetter said.
Ledbetter also said he was intrigued with the prospect of working with a police force that had a “close relationship with the community.”
“I want to be the kind of officer that people get to know on a first name basis,” Ledbetter said.
After months of being short staffed, the addition of Ledbetter, Horn and Bingham leaves the Bainbridge Island Police Department with only one officer position to fill on the 19-officer force.