City adds assistant police chief
April 30, 2009 · Updated 11:45 AM
By Dennis Box-The Courier-Herald
The Bonney Lake Police Department is adding by subtracting.
The City Council approved a resolution April 10 temporarily dropping the operations lieutenant and changing the administrative lieutenant position to assistant chief.
The plan is to add a patrol officer rather than a lieutenant which, according to Police Chief Mike Mitchell, will save the department about $23,000 annually.
“Some of the savings will allow us to get a drug dog,” Mitchell said. “It's difficult to fill the lieutenant position from the inside, but the assistant chief's position can be filled from within.”
The lieutenant position did not pay enough to attract applicants, according to Mitchell.
Councilman Dave King said he endorsed the plan, but he believed the department would need the lieutenant position in the future.
Currently the police department has 36 staff members. The proposed structure will be as follows:
operations lieutenant, which will be vacant for the near future,
13 patrol officers,
two traffic officers,
one K-9 officer,
one school resource officer,
two community service officers,
three records clerks,
one office assistant,
one crime analyst,