The man who has served as second in command under Baker City Police Chief Ray Duman for the past year and a half has been chosen to replace him.

Ty Duby, 51,who like Duman is a retired Oregon State Police officer, will replace Duman when he leaves the post on July 1. City Manager Jon Cannon announced the hiring during the City Council meeting Tuesday, March 23.

Since January 2021, Duman’s title has changed to interim police administrator because as of Jan. 1 he is no longer a certified police officer. In order to retain that certification, the 62-year-old Duman would be required to return to the police academy. Instead, he will retire.

He was hired in July 2019, as interim police chief, to replace former Chief Dustin Newman, who resigned to accept a position with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

“After much consideration, I believe Lt. Duby has the ability, commitment and leadership qualities to continue leading our Police Department and address the issues affecting Baker City, its residents and visitors,” Cannon stated in a press release.

Duby was hired by the Baker City Police Department in 2019 after retiring from a 25-year career with OSP.

“It is apparent Ray Duman, current administrator of the department, and Lt. Duby worked well together over the last two years to create a very cohesive department,” Cannon said. “They reestablished the Baker County Drug Task Force and consistently looked for ways to strengthen our city ordinances.”

Duby’s law enforcement career includes service as an OSP patrol trooper, detective, patrol sergeant and criminal division sergeant, in addition to his role as lieutenant with the Baker City Police.

Duby grew up in the Unity area and received an associate degree from Blue Mountain Community College. He has received his basic, intermediate, advanced and supervisory certificates from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. When he’s not on the job, he’s an avid outdoorsman.

“My goal for the Department is to continue to provide excellent service to this community and maintain accountability of our members,” Duby stated in the press release. “I look forward to continuing to work with and lead our dedicated group of officers, detectives and volunteers as their chief.”

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