Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Dustin Newman was excited to be named Baker City’s new police chief, but earning the title also added one more task to his already daunting list.

Filling his own former position as lieutenant.

Newman, 42, who has worked for the department since March 2014, already is working to replace two officers who left to take other jobs in law enforcement, and another vacancy is pending.

“It’s been a bit challenging,” Newman said this morning.

“I’ve got a lot of good men and women who work here, and they’ve all pulled together and gotten the job done,” Newman said.

City Manager Fred Warner Jr. announced Tuesday that he had appointed Newman as chief.

Newman had served as interim chief since Wyn Lohner retired on May 11.

“After a lot of consideration, I believe that Chief Newman has the ability, commitment and leadership qualities to lead our Police Department into the future,” Warner said in a press release. “My goal for the Department is stability. I believe that Chief Newman will bring that stability and my working relationship with him over the last couple of months has been refreshing and extremely positive. We share similar philosophies and we both seek collaborative solutions. I believe that Chief Newman is up to the challenge and with his leadership and our dedicated officers working together, we can provide the law enforcement services our citizens expect.”

Warner did not have Newman’s exact salary available this morning. Newman earned $76,484 as a lieutenant, and the chief’s salary for the current fiscal year is $80,444.

Newman worked for about 15 years for the Polk County Sheriff’s Department in Western Oregon before moving to Baker City four years ago.

Here he started as a patrol officer but was promoted within a year, first to sergeant and then to lieutenant.

See more in the June 20, 2018, issue of the Baker City Herald.