Baker City Manager Fred Warner Jr. has hired Ray Duman, a former Oregon State Police supervisor and Baker City resident, as interim police chief starting July 1. Duman will earn $6,723 per month.

Police Chief Dustin Newman has accepted a job with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Western Oregon, where he worked for 14 years before coming to Baker City in 2014. Newman’s last day here is July 8.

In a press release Tuesday, Warner said “Duman will sign a one-year contract that will enable the City to meet the immediate needs of the Police Department and allow time to find a long-term police chief. Duman comes to the City with a well-rounded career with 25 years at the Oregon State Police where he held many positions including administrative and supervisory roles. Duman is a Baker City resident and is vested in the community. He is familiar with the law enforcement agencies that serve Baker City which will make for a smooth transition.”

“It was important to me to find an interim chief that could hit the ground running and who can help us build on the progress that the Police Department has achieved in the last year,” Warner said. “I believe he understands the community and will work with all our dedicated officers and law enforcement partners to continue to serve our citizens. Within this next year, the City will be actively pursuing the hiring of a permanent chief of police.”