- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

POULSBO, Wash. (AP) - Officials in Poulsbo have approved a pay raise for the city’s next police chief as they look to hire a qualified candidate for the job.

The Kitsap Sun reports (https://bit.ly/1UJj2nu) the City Council has approved an annual salary range of $135,000 to $142,000 for the next leader of the police department.

Mayor Becky Erickson says the decision puts Poulsbo in line with other comparable cities, like Port Orchard, which pays its police chief about $128,000 a year.

Poulsbo’s last police chief, Al Townsend, earned $125,000 a year before resigning in March amid allegations that he had a romantic relationship with an officer. At the time, Townsend said he had become “a distraction” for the department.

A city investigation cleared him of wrongdoing.

The city will start interviewing applicants Aug. 15.


Information from: Kitsap Sun, https://www.kitsapsun.com/

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