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
The city will host two police-related outreach programs this
week. The first is a forum on the search for a new police chief, as
we noted with a brief last week:
Bainbridge seeks input on new police chief
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Bainbridge Island is seeking input
on its search for a new police chief.
The public can weigh in on the search at a forum from 6-8
p.m. Jan. 15 at City Hall. Comments also can be emailed
The city is searching for a replacement for former Chief Jon
Fehlman, who resigned in September. Texas-based firm Strategic
Government Resources was hired in December to lead the search for a
“It’s very important to me that SGR hear directly from
island residents about the qualifications and characteristics
desired in potential candidates,” City Manager Doug Schulze said.
“The consultants will then use this input when developing the
police chief position profile.”
SGR also led the city’s search for a new manager, which
resulted in the hiring of Schulze last fall.
Fraud prevention workshop
Bainbridge Island Police Department has also organized a fraud
prevention workshop for Friday. The program will be held from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. at Waterfront Park Community Center (a nice
check out the recent renovation).
A panel of experts will discuss common internet scams, mail
scams, and identity theft. The program will include information on
how to prevent fraud and resources available to fraud victims.
“The purpose of the workshop is simply to educate islanders
about the latest scams and to help them avoid being the victims of
fraud,” Interim Public Safety Director Larry Dickerson said
in an announcement. “While the workshop will be geared toward
the island’s senior citizens, any interested members of the public
are welcome to attend.”
The workshop is free and no advance registration is
Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matt Haney is leaving his post to
take a job with an Eastern Washington tribe next month.
Haney, 55, gave official notice of his resignation today.
He’ll continue as chief until mid-February. Deputy Chief Jon
Fehlman, who was hired in November, will take over the department
until a replacement is selected, Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said.
Haney will retire from the state retirement system before
assuming his new duties as the Confederated Tribes of the
Colville’s chief of police.