As promised, new City Manager Doug Schulze has made public
outreach a priority.
City Hall has taken gradual steps to up its web presence over
the last year, including the launch of a city manager Twitter account this
week. It’s also experimenting with new online tools for
Here are some outreach improvements the city has made recently,
in no particular order:
- Schulze sends out a weekly city manager’s report via email
up here). It’s become useful resource for staying on top of
- Public works utilizes a system called SeeClickFix (sample
pictured below). It allows residents to use their mobile
devices to report hazards like oil spills and potholes, and track
the city response.
More improvements are on the way. Schulze is putting the
finishing touches on a communications plan to present to the City
Council soon and expects to launch a new city website in late
The public can meet
the five finalists for the Bainbridge police chief position
Thursday evening. A meet-and-greet with the quintet is scheduled
for 6-8 p.m. at City Hall.
The candidates will visit with personnel at the police
department this afternoon before the public reception. Tomorrow
they will meet with four interview panels and City Manager Doug
Schulze. Schulze said he could announce his pick for the job as
early as Friday evening.
Here are the mini-bios provided by the city:
Police Chief Finalist Brief Bios
Bainbridge Police Chief
Position Profile by
Have a decade of law enforcement experience and a bachelor’s
degree? The City of
Bainbridge Island may have a job for you.
The city is advertising
nationwide for a new police chief, with the help of executive
search firm Strategic Government Resources. The job
description, posted Monday, asks for applicants with 10 years of
“progressively responsible” law enforcement experience, and five
years in a senior command position. A bachelor’s degree is required
but a master’s degree in administration or criminal justice is
preferred. The new chief is required to live on Bainbridge.
SGR consultants were on the island earlier this month to
gather input from residents and talk to city officials. They
a glossy brochure for the position, as they
did for the city manager search last summer.
As with new City Manager Doug Schulze, the incoming police chief
will fill a
position with a turbulent history.
Recent controversies at the police department are hinted at in
the position profile. Under the header of “Issues and Challenges,”
the profile lists trust building between police and community as a
top priority. The new chief will need to improve accountability
within the department and promote public outreach, especially with
schools, the profile says.
The ideal candidate, according to the profile, will need to
“facilitate change, while respecting the island’s culture and
responding to the needs of the community.”
The deadline for applicants is Feb. 22.
Civic-minded islanders have a busy dance card tonight. They can
choose between a potluck and discussion with new City Manager Doug
Schulze or a Washington State Ferries community meeting.
Discussion group VillageSpeak will hold a dinner forum with Schulze
beginning at 6:30
p.m. at OfficeXpats in the
Bainbridge Pavilion. The conversation will include opening remarks
by the city manager, a moderated discussion and a Q&A session
with the audience.
The event is free but attendees are encouraged to bring a dish
to share and a $5 donation. A standing reception will follow the
discussion at 8:30 p.m. Schulze (pictured)
joined the city on Nov. 5. He previously served as manager of
Another meeting will take place across town at the same time.
WSF brings its traveling
community outreach tour to Bainbridge at 6 p.m. in the Art
Ferries chief David Moseley will discuss the upcoming
legislative session, staffing issues and other topics. This is a
good time for ferry riders to bring forward questions and
complaints. WSF already held a meeting in Bremerton, where
proposed service cuts are a hot topic.
Tad Sooter photos