Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Proposal to hire lieutenant under one-year contract spurred debate, however

By Pat Caldwell


The proposal to add a full-time, contract lieutenant's slot to the Baker City Police Department roster triggered vigorous debate during last week's budget hearings but the concept will be part of the final fiscal plan submitted to the City Council for ratification in June.

At issue was a proposal by Police Chief Wyn Lohner to drop one of three current sergeant positions and add the new lieutenant slot. The new lieutenant position will be structured under a one-year contract. Also, the position will be non-union and will not be eligible for overtime pay. The blueprint proved controversial because city officials want to move one of the current, active-duty police sergeants into the slot after he retires.

Budget committee chair Beverly Calder made a motion late in the week to jettison the proposal from the proposed budget and keep the third sergeants position.

See more in Wednesday's issue of the Baker City Herald.