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SULTAN RESIDENTS AND CITY COUNCIL TO HEAR FROM POLICE CHIEF CANDIDATE
December 04, 2008
(SULTAN, WA) -- The Sultan City Council will hear from Snohomish County Sheriff Lieutenant Jeff Brand, the candidate for the Sultan Police Chief, at approximately 6:15 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2008 at city council chambers at 319 Main Street in Sultan. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting.
Sultan City Hall where candidate for police chief will speak
Brand is the candidate for the position under the contract agreement between Sultan and the Sheriff’s Office which begins delivering police services to the city in 2009. The city’s own local force will be eliminated in the cost cutting change.
Lieutenant Brand is scheduled to speak for three to five minutes on his background, qualifications, and interest in serving as the Chief of Police for Sultan.
In a public statement Mayor Carolyn Eslick noted, “This is a terrific opportunity for the City Council and Sultan community to meet Lieutenant Brand to evaluate his qualifications and interest in serving our community.”
Lieutenant Brand presently serves as the supervising officer for the East County Precinct. Under the Interlocal Agency Agreement between Sultan and the Sheriff’s Office, the East Precinct will be moved to Sultan effective January 1, 2009.
Brand has been with the Sheriff’s Office since January of 1989. Before joining the Sheriff’s Office Brand was a police officer with the Clyde Hill Police department. He is married with five children and makes his home in the Sky Valley area.
Following Brand’s presentation the Mayor and City Council will adjourn to an executive session to discuss his presentation and qualifications to serve as the City’s Chief of Police. The Mayor will make her appointment recommendation and ask the council for its confirmation later in the open public meeting.
As a part of the contract for services the Sheriff’s Office must consider the advice and recommendations of the City when designating a lieutenant to act as the Sultan Chief of Police.
After years of contentious debate, on going friction between a former police chief and two mayors and following a number of accounting and fiscal management issues over the years the Sultan city council voted unanimously November 13th to eliminate its local police force in favor of a contract for law enforcement services with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.
The county will begin delivering services to Sultan on January 1, 2009. The regional services agreement with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office lasts for five years.
Under terms of the agreement Sultan will receive a $30,000 credit each year for the county's use of its current Sultan police station as The East Precinct of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.
Sultan will receive 6.33 full-time equivalent employees (FTE’s) including a part-time lieutenant and sergeant, 4 patrol deputies, a part-time detective and law enforcement secretary under terms of the pact. Sultan will have a minimum of one officer on duty 24/7 dedicated within the city limits.
The use of the current Sultan police department office as the new East Precinct for the county means the city will derive some additional coverage benefit and extra police visual presence from the comings and goings of some 23 full time Snohomish County Sheriff's officers who will be driving into and out of the city 24/7 as they move on and off work shifts at the East Precinct.
The new contract with the sheriff's office will cost Sultan $4,362,397 over the five years. The contract payment will increase each year by 3% until the agreement expires in 2013. City officials estimated that retaining the local police force would have cost over $984,000 in 2009 to have 7.5 full time employees as opposed to the first year cost projection under the new contract of just under $832,000.
A half-time lieutenant will act as Sultan’s Police Chief and will report to the mayor. The same officer will be responsible for running the East Precinct that includes covering unincorporated Snohomish County as well as the town of Gold Bar.
Earlier this year Snohomish County Sheriff's Sgt. Rick Hawkins began serving as the interim police chief for Sultan. Hawkins will serve as acting chief until the end of this year and the police chief will take over starting January 1. Sultan officials have not yet begun the hiring process for a new police chief.