Baker City Police Chief Dustin Newman will be returning to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Western Oregon where he worked for 14 years before moving to Baker City in 2014.

Newman has been Baker City’s police chief for the past year. His last day will be July 8, Baker City Manager Fred Warner Jr. said this morning.

Newman said this afternoon that the job offer with his former employer is the only one that could have lured him away from Baker City.

"If this would have been the exact offer with a different agency I wouldn't have done it," he said. "I definitely love the atmosphere of Eastern Oregon. There's excitement and sadness that go with a decision like this. The folks I work with here are amazing."

Warner said he planned to meet with Newman, 43, this morning to discuss the police department’s staffing. Warner appointed Newman as interim chief on May 11, 2018, and removed the interim title about a month later.

Warner said the police department is fully staffed, although Newman, who served as lieutenant before being appointed as chief, has not replaced his former position. When Newman started as chief he had to fill three vacancies.

Ty Duby, a former Oregon State Police sergeant, is slated to start as Baker City Police lieutenant Oct. 1, Warner said.

Warner said he plans to name an interim chief and begin a search for Newman’s replacement.