Search for Bainbridge police chief begins in earnest

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 created 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.